Schools District-Wide Demonstrate December's 'Lakota Gives Back' Theme

Schools District-Wide Demonstrate December's 'Lakota Gives Back' Theme
Posted on 12/20/2017
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students at Creekside placing donations in basketsThroughout the district, students are showing the spirit of the season by giving back to the community. From our early childhood schools to our high schools, our school communities have been actively involved in helping our neighbors.

Students at Ridge Junior School are participating in Pennies for Patients to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Students have been able to participate in several efforts to help kids fighting cancer. They have been able to purchase Gobble Grams (candy and notes) and have had the opportunity to take a selfie with “Buddy the Elf” during lunch. Using the organization’s theme, ‘Every Hero Needs a Squad,’ Pride classes competed in a door decorating contest. The winning class will be able to put the money earned from Gobble Grams toward their class’s total donations.

All year long, Creekside ECS focuses on raising a community that cares, encouraging students to be “bucket fillers.” That theme continued into December with a program that had students literally filling buckets for families in need. Students contributed items like toothbrushes, cleaning supplies, shampoo, socks and gloves. The entire student body came together for a sharing assembly where they celebrated what they had collected and talked about the importance of giving back.

At Adena Elementary, students and staff continued a long-standing tradition they call “White Gifts & Gifts from the Heart”. The activity combines a collection of non-perishable food items for Reach Out Lakota as well as items like hats, gloves and toys that are ultimately distributed to needy families in their own Adena family.

“We call the items ‘White Gifts’ to symbolize the fact that it is not the gift that is important, but the act of giving,” said Adena Principal John Mattingly

The month-long program culminates in an assembly where students learn about holiday customs around the world, including a performance of culturally-diverse songs by each grade level.

“The idea is to use the experience as a way of teaching students about about diversity and tolerance of others,” Mattingly said.

All month long, Lakota staff, students, parents and residents have been contributing to the #LakotaGivesBack conversation on social media, helping us recap the many acts of service that have defined this year.

Share your Lakota stories of service on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or all three! To add your post to the growing list of stories, be sure to tag Lakota Local Schools (“Lakota Schools” on Facebook, @LakotaDistrict on Twitter and Lakota_District on Instagram) and include #LakotaGivesBack in your posts.