What began last school year with a couple of classes has grown into a building-wide student council on a mission of Tiger Care. Meet the newly formed Loveland Elementary School (LES) Kindness Council – with each third and fourth grade classroom represented and working toward monthly projects that create a Kindness Initiative throughout Loveland, Cincinnati and even across the world.
“This new structure is creating school-wide unity and making our projects bigger than they have ever been before,” said LES Teacher Melissa Prenger, who was one of the teacher sponsors for the Kindness Initiative last school year.
Prenger said students started the school year in September 2017 with a donation drive of personal care items to benefit Matthew 25: Ministries for hurricane survivors.
“We were able to collect so many items, we needed two large vehicles to deliver it all,” said Prenger. “We collected socks again in October for Socktober. Because it was a school-wide initiative, we were able to collect over 3,000 pairs of socks to local homeless shelters in Cincinnati.”
The Kindness Council members and their families delivered the donations, making the initiative reach beyond the school building walls. In November, students supported Read to Feed; each student in the school had sponsors support them for a week of reading. The proceeds of their sponsorship allowed LES to donate nearly $4,000 to Loveland’s LIFE Food Pantry. In December, the entire school made cards for soldiers serving away from their families, as well as for nursing home residents. The Kindness Council also designed and sold Holiday Grams, enabling over $800 to be donated to the Adopt A U.S. Soldier program.
“During the months of January and February, we collected pop can pull tabs for The Ronald McDonald House,” said Prenger. “We will take them and see how many pounds we were able to collect – but it is a lot! We also collected winter care items, to create winter care bags to be distributed to the homeless of Cincinnati. I’m incredibly proud of the students – they truly are spreading kindness, compassion, and empathy to not just the local community, but communities around the world.”
Photo caption: The newly formed Loveland Elementary School Kindness Council members include (not all pictured): Emily Mix, Natalie Kurtzman, Emma Rudisell, Ally Towles, Addie Tent, Peyton Meade, Olivia Gutekunst, Emily Forschner, Cameron Poe, Maggie Hoffmann, Niki Paranova, Angel Flores, Emme Sargent, Sadie Dickey, Ty Stokes, Connor Burns, Hunter Ogden, Amy Ahmad Fathi, AJ Dunlap, Blythe Partin, Amma Dodds, Lily Sies, Meredith Sicking, Ethan Pachmayer, Faith Hines, Claire Ellis, and Teacher Leaders Melissa Prenger and Mollie Schrichten