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Archive for Thursday, March 29, 2007

Elementary students give gift of assisting children in crisis

March 29, 2007

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Children were helping children Wednesday afternoon at Langston Hughes School.

They were painting and packing for other children who might not be as lucky.

Langston Hughes school students, from left, Mary King, fifth grade, Ellie Kirk, fourth grade, Grace Phillips, sixth grade, Taylor Hawkins, fourth grade, and Grace Bartle, fourth grade, work after school around and across each other, collaborating on an abstract face painting to be given to The Shelter Inc., a Lawrence emergency shelter program for children. In addition to their artwork, students prepared stationery packets for children living at The Shelter to communicate with their families.

Langston Hughes school students, from left, Mary King, fifth grade, Ellie Kirk, fourth grade, Grace Phillips, sixth grade, Taylor Hawkins, fourth grade, and Grace Bartle, fourth grade, work after school around and across each other, collaborating on an abstract face painting to be given to The Shelter Inc., a Lawrence emergency shelter program for children. In addition to their artwork, students prepared stationery packets for children living at The Shelter to communicate with their families.

Local students helping others in need

When it comes to assisting kids in need, you might expect adults to be the ones doing the helping, but this afternoon at one local elementary school it was the young people who were involved. Enlarge video

The students were putting together stationery packets and creative artwork for The Shelter Inc., an emergency shelter for children in crisis situations.

Most of the children at The Shelter are in state custody or police-protected custody, far away from their families and in unfamiliar surroundings at a tumultuous time.

"I think kids at some level have such a deep sense of passion and they see things so clearly and they just can't stand to sit by and see somebody in need and not respond," said Micki Chestnut, a PTO volunteer.

The gift bags were stuffed with stationery, stamps and calling cards, so children who are away from their families can keep in touch.

The artwork will be donated to help brighten up The Shelter.

"They'll feel more like home because they'll have all the bright colors and everything," said student Morgan Knapp.

Judy Culley, The Shelter's executive director, said children on the receiving end of the gifts will appreciate those doing the giving.

"I think it's a sense that you're not by yourself and that there are people in the world who care about you and whether you know those people or you don't know those people it doesn't make any difference because the community cares about them," Culley said.

The project is sponsored by the Langston Hughes PTO Community Outreach Committee. The goal of the group is to help students identify needs around them and to teach them how to make a difference.

Comments

costello 7 years, 9 months ago

My adopted son has spent time in The Shelter when I needed respite. It's a very good program and deserves the support of the community.

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