Loveland Elementary School (LES) students were hard at work Thursday, Feb. 14, but, it was a labor of love.
“The students made the decision to use the time they would have spent having a party to create special gift bags for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House,” said Susan Craig, LES fourth grade teacher and project organizer. “We actually began this project last year after the mother of a student, Kristan Mueller, suggested it, and the students enjoyed it so much we decided to do it again.”
Families donated enough fruit snacks, chips, water, juice and fruit cups to construct 52 “take away” bags for Ronald McDonald House guests. The bags serve as quick treats for families to have as nourishment on the go.
“As you know, having a child in the hospital is stressful enough, let alone being in a different city away from home, and we wanted to do something special for these families,” said Craig. “Instead of a typical Valentine's party, the kids decorated and filled the bags with all of the treats we received. We tied them with a ribbon and note that said, ‘Sending Love from Loveland’.”
Craig said the Ronald McDonald House responded with a special thank you note to the students.
“I read the letter to the class,” said Craig. “I enjoyed showing my kids what it means to give and was proud that they chose to participate.”
Photo Caption: LES students Tre Webster, Carly Wilhoite, Caroline Florea, Mark Tereck, Luc Parish, Austin Lodo, Zac Huff and Anna Geiger create the treat bags