Using academic objectives in efforts of meeting community needs, service learning has been making impacts across Boone County throughout the school year with no intentions of letting up. Boone County High School’s art program used pumpkins donated by The Parks Department to carve Jack-O-Lanterns for the 28th Annual Boone County Parks Jack-O-Lantern Walk in October.
Thornwilde Elementary School’s Girls on the Run team held a “Running for Valerie” event, raising more than $3,000 for Valerie McNamara. The former coach and teacher suffered severe injuries in 2016, when a building partially collapsed in Covington.
Ockerman Middle School eighth graders recently packed nearly 30 shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, clothing and personal care items as well as notes of encouragement for Operation Christmas Child. For many of the children receiving the shoeboxes, it’s the only gift they will receive during the holidays. To date, Operation Christmas Child has gifted more than 146 million shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories. This year, organizers at Samaritan’s Purse are hoping that groups and individuals will gift 12-million shoeboxes to children in countries like Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda and Ukraine. To learn how you can be a part of Operation Christmas Child, click here. North Pointe Elementary Student Council shoeboxes have been processed and given tracking numbers so students can follow each box on its journey to a child in need.
It’s not too late to build your own $5 to $10 shoeboxes to give to those experiencing homelessness here in Northern Kentucky.