Posted December 21st, 2016
Across the District, students and staff have been in the giving spirit. Toy drives. Book drives. Collecting items for shelters. The Spartan Nation knows what the season is really about — helping others. Here’s just some of the ways the PV family is helping make the world a better place.
- Caleb Shamrell’s Alive in Me — Students at Bridgeview, Cody and PVJH have been collecting toys and books to support the Alive in Me Foundation. The Foundation honors the life a Caleb Shamrell, who passed away just before he would have turned three. The Shamrell family just moved into the district and asked the schools to collect toys and books to give to families who would have to spend the holiday in the hospital. Bridgeview collected more than 900 items. Cody filled its boxes over and over. The same goes for the Junior High. Click here to learn about the Caleb Shamrell Alive in Me Foundation.
- Toys for Tots — All it took was one student to make a big difference for Toys for Tots. After writing and presenting a speech for class on Toys for Tots, PVHS Senior Zach Myatt decided he needed to do more. He took his 3 foot long Santa hat and asked people to help fill it with funds to support Toys for Tots. In just a week, Zach raised more than $500. He took the funds and bought toys for the Toys for Tots program.
- Toys for Tots — The 5th Graders at Riverdale Heights did a coin drive for Toys for Tots and raised more than $300!
- Warm Feet for Winter — The last few years, Pleasant View has done a pajama drive for the less fortunate. After learning of a need at King’s Harvest shelter, 6th grade began collecting socks for the homeless as an alternative. The students and families have been very generous: 227 pairs of socks and 166 handwarmers! This year, King’s Harvest also suggested hand warmers along with the socks. These will be taken to King’s Harvest over Christmas break!
5. Christmas for the Kohns — Will Kohn is a kindergartner and his father, Chris, teaches at the High School. Will is waiting for a heart transplant. While he waits, he needs to have medicine round the clock. To get the medicine, he will have surgery to put in a port, but that means celebrating Christmas in the hospital. PVHS raised money to purchase presents for Will and his family and had them delivered by Santa and a group of carolers, the Pleasant Valley High School Choir! The choir learned the songs Will’s class sang for their winter concert!