Fifth graders at Jack Elementary School are spreading warmth this holiday season to those in need. The students collected more than 100 blankets and blanket kits, which were used to make additional blankets during their recess time, to donate to Tyler’s homeless community.
As a Leader in Me school, students practice the leadership habits from author Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Happy Kids on a daily basis. The blanket tying and collecting helps students practice Habit #3, “Put First Things First” and Habit #6, “Synergize” during the school day.
“This is our third year to do this service project and each year we have collected over 100 blankets as a grade level,” Mrs. Monica Miller, fifth grade teacher, said. “That means we have provided nearly 400 people in our community with a warm blanket during the cold winter months!”
Taking the lesson in giving a step further, the students and teachers partnered with Jesus’ Closet, a local ministry of Faith Community Church, to distribute the blankets to the homeless community under the Gentry Parkway Bridge near downtown Tyler.
“The experience that the students, and their families, gain is something that can’t be taught in the classroom,” Ms. Miller said. “It really makes all involved appreciate everything they have and brings everyone together for a common goal of helping others. The fifth grade team loves this service project and plans to continue finding ways to make it greater for years to come!”