ALPHARETTA, Ga. – New Prospect Elementary School has kicked off a new school year by giving back to the community. The school as a whole is determined to raise funds and encourage its students to take the initiative to help others through various community service projects in the area.
Among the turkeys and gravy that characterize Thanksgiving, the school aims to express gratitude by giving others a Thanksgiving meal to enjoy. On Thanksgiving weekend, students came back to school throughout the weekend to collect cereal and dry grains for North Fulton Community Charities. All food was delivered at the end of the week.
In the days before Winter Break, the kids at New Prospect usually have classroom winter parties to hail their two weeks off of school. This year, New Prospect will turn the traditional arts and crafts activities into community service projects. The kindergartners and first-graders will make cards for the elderly in assisted living facilities while the second- and third-graders will team up to make items for the victims of Super Storm Sandy. Fourth- and fifth-graders will make scarves for the homeless.
At the end of February, an entire week will be dedicated to this theme of volunteering. A different charity or service project will be assigned to each day of the week. The ensuing school week will engage students in activities that will encourage them to lend a helping hand.
With all that's being done to help out in the community, it just goes to show that all it takes is a little step in the right direction.