Kids Care is a new community service club started at Clarkston High School this year, founded by sophomore Nathan Dimmer, and mentored by CHS teacher, Marybeth Spicer.
"I started Kids Care so that CHS students could make positive contributions to the causes they believe in," said Dimmer. "I'm looking forward to growing the club next year to make an even bigger impact in our community."
This year the students focused on two main causes: Make-a-Wish Foundation; and Lighthouse of Oakland County.
The Make-a-Wish Foundation is a non-profit organization that creates extraordinary experiences for children battling critical illnesses. Kids Care members participated in two events this school year to raise money to grant life-changing wishes to these children and their families.
The first event was the Macy's Believe Campaign which donates $1 for every letter kids write to Santa and send to Macy's, up to $1 million. Kids Care set up a Santa letter writing station last December at the National Technical Honor Society's (NTHS) Holiday Mug Etching Fundraiser. Around 200 elementary students attended the event, and wrote letters to Santa.
Thirteen members of Kids Care also raised money for the 21st Annual Walk For Wishes, a Make-A-Wish Michigan fundraiser. This 1.5 mile family-friendly walkathon was held at the Detroit Zoo on May 4. The CHS team, Wolves Walk For Wishes, raised almost $600. Altogether, Walk For Wishes-Southeast Michigan raised more than $472,000 this year.
"This was a great event that brought in people and organizations from all over the area to help raise money to grant wishes to sick children," said Spicer. "It was humbling to see so many people making an impact on children and families in such a personal way."
Kids Care also ran two peanut butter and jelly (PB&J) drives, called Spread the Love, to donate to Lighthouse of Oakland County. Lighthouse provides direct services (i.e. food, shelter, clothing, utility/rental assistance, etc.), emergency shelter, and housing programs to families in need.
One Spread the Love campaign was organized by Grace Kaiding, a CHS senior who collected PB&J at the Early Childhood Center, where she was placed for her Preschool Practicum B class.
The other PB&J drive was held as part of the 6th Annual Maker Girl Mania event on May 18. A coupon was offered to the participants for a discounted ticket with a canned good or peanut butter donation.
"While Maker Girl focuses on helping more girls get excited about STEAM, we also value the importance of giving back and encouraging our participants to help our neighbors," said Laura Kalinowski, NTHS advisor.
These two Spread the Love campaigns resulted in a total donation to Lighthouse of Oakland County in Clarkston of 154 pounds of peanut butter and jelly!
"I love to get involved in any organization/program that helps meet the needs of kids and families: academically, socially, and emotionally." said Spicer. "Both of these events provided an opportunity to pour into children and families. It doesn't get any better than that."
About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 7,500 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Clarkston Community Schools students are well-prepared for a future that excites them, and believe that they can achieve their dreams. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to create a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported.
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