“This is kids helping kids; showing the children that there are other children nearby who are less fortunate and they should be appreciative of what they have,” said Keith Hain, third-grade teacher at Lincoln Charter School in Lincolnton.
Third-graders at Lincoln Charter are “embracing” a cause.
The students, who titled their service Project Embrace, are collecting blankets, teddy bears, books and other items to donate to Amy’s House – a shelter for domestic violence victims and their children.
As part of the school’s curriculum, each class is involved in a learn, serve and engage project. Hain and Candace Poovey’s third-grade classes decided on the organization after a class discussion about ancient Rome, Hain said.
The students talked about different roles that men, women and children played in Roman communities in earlier times, and as the conversation progressed the group decided they wanted their project to focus on helping other youth.
A list was made, based on what the students thought were important items that less-fortunate children may want or need, and started collecting those items.
Amy’s House is currently working with 12 women and eight children, Hain said.
“I think it’s really helpful for kids, and shows them that there are people out there who care about them,” said third grader Patience Eason, 9.
Four boxes were set out for donations — two on campus, one at People’s Bank in front of the Bi-Lo shopping plaza in Lincolnton, and another at Tas drug store in Cherryville.
The goal is for the children to bring the donations to the organization at the end of the month and for them to see the children who are receiving the items.
“We want the kids to see they can really make a connection here and (for them) to be thankful,” Hain said.
For more information, call Amy’s House, (704) 736-1224.