KIDS HELPING KIDS!
Rolling Hills 3rd grade students have decided to help out our neighbors at Whittier Community School in the Boise School District.
We need your help to be successful! Now through Friday, March 3rd, our 3rd grade class will be collecting food items for Whittier School staff and volunteers to put into backpacks sent home with children in need. We hope that our school community will help us make a big impact by donating to the food drive benefitting the children at Whittier School.
This is what they specifically need:
- Small peanut butter jars
- Fruit snacks
- Macaroni and cheese or other dry boxed goods
To give a little incentive and make helping out be extra fun, we will be having a friendly class competition to encourage other students to donate to the cause. The class that brings in the most items will enjoy a free dress day along with a popcorn and soda pop party with the third grade.
Thank you all for your support!!
A little back ground on Whittier and why our kids decided on this project:
Whittier is a school that serves a high population of refugees. It also has the highest percentage of homeless children in the Boise area, possibly the whole state.
This school goes above and beyond to try to help meet the needs of their students. Many times, teachers are taking clothing home to wash for families of homeless students. The school has partnerships that assist in other ways also, such as the police department who regularly come to work on establishing positive relationships of trust with these students. Longfellow, a Boise school downtown, does a school-wide drive every month to try to help meet the needs of their neighbors. They will collect things such as toothpaste, shampoo, detergent, and donate them to the families in need at Whittier.
When our students learned of this school, they wanted to know how they could help. I inquired of the school’s Community Coordinator and discovered that they have a program called The Backpack Program.
Each Friday backpacks are stuffed with food for the weekend so that students have something to eat while away from school. The school’s need for food to fill the back packs is ever increasing, so that is where we decided to help out.
The third grade class.