Friday, November 30, 2012
The Austintown Middle School student council is working hard to give back this holiday season.
For its first service project of the school year, the students coordinated the collection of items for Operation Christmas Child. The gifts are being sent in shoe boxes to underprivileged youth in numerous countries around the world.
Student council members collected various items, including school supplies, books, small toys, games, hygiene items, and clothing such as hats and gloves. They packed the items in shoe boxes, which will be delivered to their destinations by Christmas.
This is the third year the AMS student council has completed this project, and members enjoy giving to less-fortunate children. This year, they collected enough items to make and donate 90 gift boxes, and they have contributed nearly 300 gift boxes over the past three holiday seasons.
Twenty-six students in grades six through eight are members of the Student Council, which is advised by Jaclyn Sarah Elias, an eighth-grade social studies teacher at AMS. The group will be completing service projects throughout the year, in order to learn more about the intrinsic rewards of community service and helping others.