Lone Jack School Center students spread holiday cheer to area veterans and needy families by spearheading two efforts in their leadership through service activities.
Just before Thanksgiving and closer to Christmas, each eighth grader wrote a letter and sent a card to a retired veteran, thanking them for their service and wishing them a happy holiday.
In addition, the eighth grade students worked diligently with the Lone Jack Family Resource Center and Jeremy Sanders to promote and organize a food drive. The food was used to create Christmas dinner baskets for needy families in the area.
The leadership team hung flyers, sent home announcements and made classroom presentations to encourage classmates to participate.
Approximately 80 veterans received greeting cards and letters from Lone Jack eighth graders and more than 862 food items were donated for the Christmas baskets by less than 200 students in kindergarten- through eighth-grades.
“It’s important for our students to learn to express gratitude and realize our responsibility to help those less fortunate than ourselves,” said Jeremy Sanders, a teacher at Lone Jack who coordinated these efforts along with the students and Mellissa Thomas, director of the Lone Jack Family Resource Center.
Lone Jack established a student leadership team through Berea College’s GEAR UP grant and its partner, College for Every Student.
Students on Lone Jack School Center’s leadership team include Savannah Bullock Ben Goodin, Cheyenne Lawson, Adam Lowe, Alex Lowe, Chase Thacker, Cordelle Whitley and Dylan Yankey.
Berea College has been awarded a seven-year GEAR UP grant from the U.S. Department of Education (2011-2018) totaling $149,408,000 (50 percent federal funds and 50 percent non-federal funds).