Will’s Story

Six year old Will was riding in the car with his mom one day when he noticed a man holding a sign by the side of the road. Although Will was just learning to sound out words, he could make out, “Hungry. Need money.”

“Why is that man asking for money, Mom?” he asked. Nicole explained that not everyone has enough food to eat. “Can I give him some of my money?” Will had his own allowance money, which he had been taught to divide into three categories: spend, save, share. He was considering using his ‘share’ money.

Nicole answered that she thought it was better to give to an organization that would know who needs help and how to best take care of their needs.

Weeks later, Will felt sad when he again noticed someone who needed food. “What is our family doing to help?” he asked. Will’s persistence paid off. […]

By |January 21st, 2014|Stories|0 Comments|

Alta Vista Cares Sew Much

lc-blankets350x467The library/media room at Alta Vista elementary school is buzzing with activity as class after class come to participate in their school’s service project, Alta Vista Cares Sew Much, spearheaded by their progressive principal, Dr. Barbara Shirley. The individual tables, seating 4 students at each, are piled with large squares of fleece – warm, cuddly, and colorful – which many hands have cut and are now tying together to make throws. One hundred to be exact! Throws that will soon be on their way to St. Pete’s All Children’s Hospital, where they will make the day brighter and warmer for young cancer patients.

The idea for the project was inspired by one of Alta’s Vista’s students, a fifth grader named James, who had been taught to sew by his grandmother, and together had made pillow cases for cancer patients at this same […]