Wayzata Middle School went above and beyond to support children in foster care by hosting a special school drive, bringing in donations of new clothing, school supplies, and gift cards. It was amazing receiving the amount of donations at the drive, particularly as the snowiest February on record delayed the start of the drive by a week.
The student council developed the flyers and posters about the drive, and decorated the collection bins at drop-off sites. They promoted the event and organized challenges between classes, helping keep students motivated and interested. At the end of the drive, they stuffed the backpacks with school supplies so they were ready to go home with kids in care.
The donations valued at $5,240, including $1,120 in gift cards. This generosity will help foster youth and children in care be better prepared for school success, boosting their self-confidence and sense of belonging.
At the wrap-up, held in conjunction with a basketball tournament between staff and students (a very fun and rowdy event), Kindred Family Focus staff Alison Sherman and Anna Goldsmith had the opportunity to thank the entire student body, ask them to give themselves a round of applause, and spoke about the reactions kids in foster care have when they receive donations from their communities. They know they are cared for, and they are part of something beyond themselves.
Thank you to Ross Nelson and Molly Davin who oversaw the student council and other students in putting this effort together. These students and their teachers, counselors, and parents asked how they could support KFF’s mission and volunteered their time to help neighbors in the community who are in need. They also took the time to learn about the issues impacting children in foster care, raising their own and other’s awareness of the facts and myths surrounding out-of-home placement. They demonstrated great kindness and empathy toward children and families who are facing an extremely difficult time in their lives.
This event is a perfect example to other schools around the state of how they can support youth and children in foster care in their region. Kindred Family Focus staff can easily provide guidance, recommend strategies, and provide information about foster care and what kids in care need.
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