Nixon Elementary School’s Early Act Club took up the challenge once again to take part in Connect for Community as part of their 100th Day of School 2018 celebration.
Connect for Community created this program to show children what 100 cents can buy. The basic premise of the program asks students to bring in one personal hygiene product that they use every day. Many of those items, such as soap, toothpaste and toilet paper, are not covered by food stamps, yet they are necessities in life. Items suggested are for children of each grade level.
Connect for Community shared, “100th Day of School donations will mean that together we can provide local food pantries with more non-edible essentials like toiletries and hygiene products for the members of our community who need it most. Since the program began in 2010, participating students have donated nearly 47,000 items! Last year, your Early Act Club collected an amazing 269 items, which went a long way to helping many people. Our goal in 2018 is to have 60 schools participate in the program and the number of items collected to reach 15,000!”
Nixon School once again answered the call collecting 334 items in the K-4 school. The Kindergarten class brought in 153 toothbrushes while the first grade brought in 42 tubes of toothpaste. Second graders collected 20 hair brushes, third graders collected 17 bottles of shampoos and conditioners, with the fourth grade bringing in 102 bars of soap.
This Sparta-based organization has been able to provide personal hygiene products to over 40 food pantries and social service agencies over the course of the year.
It shared, “The 100th Day of School program continues to be an excellent opportunity for children to learn the ideals of community and citizenship while also learning a valuable life lesson that even a small contribution, combined with many others can make a big difference!”
Nixon’s Early Act Club is a school-wide service club for the elementary students and is sponsored by the Roxbury Rotary Club.
Early Acts website states, “The mission and operation of Early Act are closely linked to the ideals of Rotary and provide the foundation and natural succession into the Interact Club at the high school.”
The site goes on to say, “Early Act provides young students the opportunity for gaining an increased awareness and knowledge of their community and the world. At a young age, all students can easily be encouraged to be caring and helpful. Their minds are open to recognize the dignity and worth of each individual which builds respect for others. It also engages students in character-building activities and prepares them for leadership roles to identify and carry out projects which benefit their school, local, and global communities.”
PHOTO ABOVE (courtesy of Nixon School)
· Nixon Early Act Club Collects for Connect for Community (L to R): Dalton Dougherty (Gr 3), Sarah Pisarczyk (Gr 3), Daniel DiCarlo (Gr 3), Christopher Mohalek (Gr 3), Laila Ortiz (Gr 3), Anisa Brown (Gr 3), Cadence Palen (Gr 3), Kiara Ortiz (Gr 3)