Second-grade students at Hylen Souders Elementary School, wanting to help their less fortunate peers, recently raised money and then spent it to fill 40 bags for homeless children to receive on their first night in shelters.
The Souders students delivered their bags to a shelter in Delaware, as part of the San Francisco-based “Project Night Night.”
Project Night Night donates more than 25,000 “Night Night” packages each year to homeless children 12 years old and under. Each Night Night package contains a new security blanket, an age-appropriate children’s book and a stuffed animal — all inside of a new canvas tote bag.
“My students made items to sell at the second-grade musical, parents donated items such as chocolate-covered candy canes and popcorn to sell that night, and they donated money and brought in items to fill the bags,” said Souders second-grade teacher Lindsey Frim. “Pam Tribble’s students sold calendars that they made to raise money to buy items for the bags. We filled 40 bags for children in homeless shelters.”
Frim said Project Night Night bags provide childhood essentials that are a concrete and predictable source of security to a child, and a children’s book provides increased exposure to literacy materials during a time of upheaval.
For more information about Project Night Night, go to projectnightnight.org.
Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.