Fort Dodge Community School District

Students Give of Themselves this Holiday Season

December 18, 2013

 December 18, 2013, Fort Dodge, IA-  Students in the Fort Dodge Community Schools are finding lots of opportunities to give back to their community this holiday season.  From the preschool to the high school, students and staff are participating in various activities to benefit others.

Riverside Early Learning Center students conducted a coin drive to benefit the Humane Society and a food drive for the Salvation Army.  In addition, students made ornaments for the residents of Friendship Haven.  Lis Ristau, principal, stated that it’s never too early to teach kids the joy of giving and that the activities taking place at Riverside are an excellent way for the kids to demonstrate kindness, one of the four B’s they have been learning about through PBIS. 

Elementary students have also been engaged in service projects this month.  All students at Butler took a turn greeting patrons at Hy-Vee and Walmart with holiday songs as they rang bells for the Salvation Army.  Cooper students have been collecting nonperishable food items for our local food pantries.  Kindergarten students at Duncombe adopted a family for the holidays using money they raised by holding a bake sale at Crossroads Mall.  Twenty Christmas sacks filled with the ingredients for holiday cookies were donated to the Lord’s Cupboard by Feelhaver in order for the recipients to enjoy the family time and experience of holiday baking.

Middle school students were offered several opportunities to give back to the community.  They conducted a food drive in collaboration with O’Halloran International, collecting approximately 1500 items for local shelters.  Two Angel Trees for the Salvation Army were sponsored by the FOR Club, with students supplying gifts for 170 area kids through this project.  Several students participated in ringing bells at Hy-Vee for the Salvation Army as well.  Students from the 8 Respect team also collected items to send holiday boxes to soldiers from the area stationed overseas. 

FDSH students also enjoyed the spirit of giving.  The newspaper and yearbook staffs again sponsored the Giving Tree in the Senior High cafeteria, with students providing gifts for children in cooperation with the Salvation Army.  A food drive competition was encouraging students to participate by offering the front row of seats at the first basketball game to the grade with the most points – the seniors won.  The National Honor Society again hosted its annual blood drive offering students an opportunity to be a holiday hero by donating lifesaving blood. 

“Our students should be very proud of their efforts to help our community in so many ways,” said Dr. Doug Van Zyl, Superintendent.  “Our kids really care about this community and helping those in need.”

The mission of the Fort Dodge Community School District is to encourage and assist each individual to achieve his/her level of educational excellence. For more information about the Fort Dodge Community Schools visit www.fdschools.org or call 515.576.1161.  Our Schools. Our Community. Our Pride.                                                           

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