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Northwest students reach out this holiday season

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By Melanie Jenkins on November 19th, 2014

Community service is more than a few hours put toward a special diploma. For Northwest students, giving back to the community is a way to help teach compassion, responsibility and respect. Clubs such as DECA, FCCLA and FBA are well known for lending a helping hand.

“In order to live a happy life, it’s important to donate and make others happy,” senior Meghan Critchlty said. “There’s no reason why you shouldn’t take the small amount of time out of your day to gather up an old coat that you’re not going to wear anymore, or that is out of season, and donate it.”Clubs

Programs such as Give a Kid a Coat, the canned food drive and Toys for Tots are the most well-known activities that clubs promote at Northwest. Seasonal donation boxes can be found in the commons area, or in the club’s classrooms. With Christmas right around the corner, students can help impact their community though organizations such as Operation Christmas Child and Toys for Tots.

“It’s important to get involved with these kinds of organizations because of how much it truly helps people,” senior Anna Fletcher said. “Every year, my family fives Christmas presents to families in need, and we always get responses on how happy that family was.”

Other than helping students earn an award for service learning, it’s been observed that students who help out in their communities have better social functions and increased motivation. Simple tasks, such as donating coats or buying a shamrock for muscular dystrophy, have been shown to have positive effect on people, causing them to feel more kindly and generous towards others.

“Throughout my teaching career, I’ve seen children who have had needs like needing warm coats,” faculty adviser of Northwest’s FCCLA clubs Kara Winicki said. “It gives [students] a sense that they can do something in their community. [Students] can make a difference; every coat helps a child.”


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