Being a teacher and starting at a new school there are many concerns; will the students respect me, will they accept me, will the staff accept me and my style of teaching, what is the culture of the school really like and so much more. At Lew Wallace Elementary #107, the students and staff embraced me and I felt VERY welcomed. During the school year we talk about kindness and did a kindness challenge with other schools. I knew I wanted to repay them for the kindness they showed me but wasn't sure how.
It wasn't until I was on recess duty, during the changing of the seasons, when many students kept asking me for my scarf because they were cold. I knew they were not equipped for the weather as many of them are from warmer countries. I knew I wanted to create scarves of kindness.
I sought out friends and family for donations and the school even held a few jean days to help raise money for the project.
After keeping an eye on specials and visiting JoAnn Fabrics every weekend, I was on my way to creating over 650 scarves so the students would have a choice. It really did become a labor of love.
I wanted to show them the same kindness in which they showed me.
Serving my direct community (school) has always been my primary focus with other schools in the area benefiting from extra donations.
My goal is to provide warm winter wear to students not only in Indianapolis but across our country. If there is a need, I would like to fulfill it. There is no limit what we can accomplish with the donations and support from our communities.
It really does take a village to raise a child.
Whether you help through monetary donations, sending fleece fabric, or spreading our mission through social media, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.
Your generous gift will help us fund our mission to help those in need. Together, we can keep a child warm this winter.
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