Nearly 20 fifth graders at Scott Elementary spent several months putting together more than a thousand items to donate to the local Ronald McDonald house.
“We collected in total 1,202 items,” said Madeline Flack, a member of the Junior Optimimist International group, who organized the donation.
Madeline said she, along with her peers, meet twice a month to do volunteer work for the community. At the end of this school semester, their big project was the donation drive.
“A lot of people that have a bad situation and sometimes we just want to help because there are people out there who don’t want to make a difference. But we do and we are very happy about that,” said Madeline.
Friday, the students were able to drop off all the donated items to the house and even meet some of the families they are helping out.
“It makes me almost cry. I am just so proud they are thinking outside of just themselves. They are starting to realize life isn’t all about them,” said Kathy Douglas, the JOI group leader.
The JOI group is for fourth and fifth-grade students only. JOI stands for Junior Optimism International. The students aren’t required to be part of the group, they choose to participate
“When children choose to help other kids, there is magic,” said Sam Rush-Walton, the Development Director at the Ronald McDonald house.