Thursday, May 31, 2012

Local Schools End Year in Right Way

Many athletes subscribe to the idea that it is always important to “finish strong.” While “finishing strong” may mean different things to different people, a generally accepted definition is that it important to give a task 100% of your effort all the way through to the end, no matter what. With most local schools at the end, or very near the end, of the school year, we at Humanitarian Service Project would like to recognize a few schools that certainly finished the year strong, by taking the time to reach out to those in need. We specifically want to recognize groups from Downers Grove South High School, Lindop Middle School in Broadview, and Our Savior Lutheran Preschool in Carol Stream for finishing the school year strong by collecting donations for the needy seniors citizens and families we serve.

First up we would like to thank students from Downers Grove South High School for collecting food for our summer Feed the Kids Project. Responding to our call for peanut butter and tuna fish for the 100 needy families in the program, three classes at the High School held a competition to see who could collect the most non-perishable food. In the end 500 cans/ jars of tuna, peanut butter, jelly, and soup were collected by these three classes for the sake of the needy families.

Jay Baum, a teacher at Downers Grove South, drops off the donation from the school.

With these high school students finishing strong, a number of younger students have followed their lead so to speak, and also done some wonderful year end drives. One group we’d like to thank is a group of students from Lindop Middle School in Broadview, who donated six large boxes stuffed full of party supplies and books for the children in our Children’s Birthday Project. Yesterday, three students from the school even made the trek from Broadview to Carol Stream with their Assistant Principal, Sonya Spaulding, to see their generous donation through to the end. 
The students from Lindop dropping off their donation.

Last, but not least, we would like to recognize Our Savior Lutheran Preschool in Carol Stream for creating and donating seventeen “party in a bag kits,” also for the needy children served by HSP. These bags contained all the supplies necessary to through a fun birthday party. We wish to thank these three groups for making time in the end of their school years to help us provide for those affected by poverty and hunger in the community. They have truly epitomized what it means to finish strong. 

The "Party in a Bag kits" from Our Savior Lutheran preschool.

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