Eastside Elementary School’s Student Council made the day a little brighter for Raintree Manor residents recently. As a service project, members collected and donated over 1,000 items.
“The council picks a service project every year,” said Jason Gann, Eastside teacher and council sponsor. “This year, they voted to collect items for Raintree residents. The entire school participated, from kindergarten to eighth grade.”
The 21-member student council follows the three branches of government with students in grades 5-8 elected. The student council is very active in fundraising to help worthy causes in the community. It is the function of the council to develop qualities of leadership, character, scholarship, and citizenship in students by providing them with opportunities to serve their school and community.
For the fundraiser, all Eastside students were encouraged to bring a wide array of items, such as soap, toothbrushes, shaving cream, socks, shampoo, lotion, combs, house shoes, toothpaste, deodorant and brushes. In one week, over 1,000 items were collected.
Each morning council members collected items from each homeroom. Then, members placed the items in bags and visited Raintree to distribute them.
Gann says he hopes the experience encourages students to become community servants throughout their lives.
“The student council members thoroughly enjoyed taking time to talk to the residents of Raintree Manor and to hand out the bags to them,” Gann said. “I believe that being able to see how much joy these residents received from their company and the bags that they gave to them, instilled within the hearts of these students the great importance of being servants and how that through service, we can change the lives of others for the better. It is my hope each one of the members of student council will have the heart of a servant throughout their lives.”
The homeroom that donated the most items received an ice cream sundae party funded by council members. Teacher Jacqueline Ashford had the winning classroom.