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Local students collect Health Kits for Haiti

Local students collect Health Kits for Haiti

Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2010 8:55 pm
By: Chris Menees Messenger Staff Reporter

 By CHRIS MENEES Staff Reporter Students at Lake Road Elementary School are taking a hands-on approach in learning Character Counts. This week, they have been collecting items for Health Kits for Haiti — which will be shipped out next week to help victims of the recent earthquake in the Caribbean country. The entire school has worked together to fill the kits, according to teacher Angie Partin, who said the students have “shown true character.” For the collection, students in each grade level were assigned one specific item to bring to be used to fill the 12-piece kits. “The response was overwhelming. We had 100 percent participation,” Mrs. Partin said. Each kit is comprised of six bandages, a toothbrush, a bar of soap, a comb, fingernail clippers, a wash cloth and a hand towel. The kits were assembled in the school cafeteria and placed into boxes that will be shipped out early next week. During the collection, Lake Road teachers also spoke with each class to explain the events that occurred recently in Haiti. The students were asked to help make a difference in the world by donating the items to help those in need during a time of disaster. “All year, Lake Road School is teaching Character Counts. We are trying to teach our kids that giving and compassion start with us, and we really can make a difference in the world,” Mrs. Partin said. Character Counts®, an approach to character education that reaches millions of youth, focuses on the basic values of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Mrs. Partin said she got the idea for the kits from the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s Web site. Although no church affiliation has been mentioned at school, the items gathered by the children will be shipped from Union City First United Methodist Church in the days ahead. “The kits are geared for any ages and can be sent to anywhere in the world,” she said. “We were trying to help as many people as possible and these kits seemed to do that. They will be passed out, along with personal hygiene supplies, to anyone who needs them.” Mrs. Partin said a former Lake Road Elementary School student, Dr. Kelly Mann, has been in Haiti to help as part of a team of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she is a pediatrician. (See related story.) “We wanted to do something that would show we care,” Mrs. Partin added. Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at cmenees@ ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 1.28.,10

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