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Eighth graders at Speight Middle School collected more than 560 items over the course of a week to help a Samaritan’s Purse project in collaboration with Down East Baptist Church.
Career and technical education teacher Lynn Sherrod said about 45 students helped gather the items, but the entire school contributed toward the effort.
“They promoted the project by creating posters and talking to other kids about it,” Sherrod said. “They also used bags and went around and went around and collected the bags from the homeroom teachers.”
The items were placed in a central location in the school so students could see the progress being made.
The children also collected about $250 toward the cost of mailing shoeboxes to an Asheville collection center where they’ll be sorted for worldwide distribution to the needy.
“It is important for the children to understand the community service part of it to understand that you have to help your neighbors,” Sherrod said. “They understand that it doesn’t take much to be able to make somebody happy. Just a $1 gift or $2 can make a child happy.”
“I feel like it was important because I like helping out with the school and giving people stuff,” said student Elana Ray Wilson. “It was just fun to do. It makes me feel good.”
Wilson and other students came to Sherrod’s class every morning then fanned out around the school picking up items.
“I was shocked,” Wilson said. “It was a lot of stuff.”
“You are supposed to think about how other people don’t have as much stuff as we do, so it is better to give them an opportunity to have as much as we do,” said student Jennifer Foreman. “It is better to give than to receive.”
Foreman liked how the school came together as a team.
“I think we did good as a team to get a lot of items,” said student Landon Bundy. “I am proud because all of us got together and we got a lot of items.”