Perhaps it is the increased need of many area residents during the winter months or the emphasis on helping this time of year. Regardless of the reason, many Lakota schools took on special projects in order to help others.
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“I am so proud of our students and the compassion they continue to show for one another and especially for our community,” saidActing Superintendent Robb Voglemann. “They get the concept of giving back, something that we try to incorporateinto all grade levels. It is part of ourcommitment to giving back to a community that does so much to support our work.”
Research shows that such community service work not only fosters compassion in students, but also complements the academic program and helps promote a sense of community and civic responsibility.
Numerous Lakota schools, including Cherokee Elementary and Liberty Junior, participated in Stockings for Soldiers, gathering items such as food, mints, hygiene products, and reading materials to send overseas to our soldiers during the holiday season.
Another common project was the giving tree, although implemented in various ways around the district. At Wyandot Early Childhood School, families come together for a “wrap party” to prepare all of the gifts, while at Liberty Junior they used money from their March Madness dance, along with additional gifts from parents, students and staff, to sponsor 26 students with clothing and gifts.
Independence Elementary’ s third grade students, teachers and families made beautiful stockings for their Compassion Tree recipient families while sixthgrade students in Team Inspire organized the gifts and promoted the effort throughout the school.
At Lakota West, several student organizations led the efforts. Student Government coordinated Adopt A Child, in which students donated money in their fourth bell class – enough to provide gifts to 120 students from Lakota elementary schools. The Key Club collected winter gear such as coats, hats, gloves, and scarves to give to the needy and the National Honor Society donated clothes, coats and other items to help the homeless though a local ministry.
It was as if a blanket of snow had covered Adena Elementary during their White Gifts assembly. Students bring a non-perishable food item and wrap it in white paper. All of the items are then given to Reach Out Lakota as a way to give back to the community, with an emphasis on teaching the students that the focus is not on the gift itself, but the act of giving.
Reach Out Lakota was the recipient of another giving back project, as gifted students from both high schools and the junior schools got into the holiday spirit. The group organized and stuffed more than 700 stockings that Reach Out Lakota shares with the needy throughout the area.
The Kindness Ambassadors at Liberty Early Childhood School took the lead on the school’s recent giving back efforts, donating toys to Reach Out Lakota and Children’s Hospital which will be shared with patients during the annual Jingle Bell Junction party for children who are in the hospital during the holidays.
Meredith BrownandMadison Price, two of Woodland Elementary’ s fifthgrade students, became inspired by a presentation on poverty and world hunger they completed and presented to their Tutoring & Enrichment (T & E) class. Ms. Chris Butler, their T & E teacher, impressed upon them and the other students in the class the importance of giving back and getting involved to help those less fortunate. From their assignment and the words of their teacher, they then took it upon themselves to start up a cause to help those less fortunate. They reached out to a couple different organizations regarding a toy drive to fit in with the season and decided to support Children’s Hospital. The students then set out to create a campaign to get the word out, and even decorated collection boxes to bring in early to school one day. Meredith and Madison worked closely with administration to set a goal of 50 toys, which they easily surpassed by gathering 79 items.
These are just some of the many ways Lakota Gives Back, both during the holidays and throughout the year. Regardless of the season, Lakota students and staff work tirelessly to support causes that make a difference in the lives of others right here in West Chester and Liberty townships.For more information, please click here to view the Lakota Gives Back video, one of an eight-part video series that focuses on the three mainprinciples and priorities guiding Lakota’s daily work: Instructional Excellence, Community Engagement and the foundation of it all, Fiscal Responsibility and Sustainability.Watch the video seriesto see how Lakota is providing all students with a personalized and premiere educational experience.