Looking for a service project to help those in need, Peebles Elementary School in Killeen found one close to home.
The school’s six second-grade classes started and promoted a clothes drive around the Christmas holidays that drew in other grade levels on campus and culminated Friday with a gift to the school district’s homeless student program.
Paula Boales and Christina Wilson with the Killeen Independent School District Homeless Awareness Response Program backed up an SUV and students and staff filled it up with bags of donated clothing.
The items will be added to the KISD Community Clothes Closet and distributed to students and family members as needed.
The two HARP educators thanked the students for their generosity. They explained that the school district’s program serves about 1,200 students, almost enough to fill Peebles Elementary School twice.
Some students, Boales told the second-graders, must wear the same clothes repeatedly and are in need of new ones.
“It’s for people who don’t have the clothes they need,” said second-grader Ricardo Zuniga. “They may need extra clothes in the winter so they don’t get sick.”
The piled boxes and bags of donated clothing made the second-grader happy, Zuniga said.
Second-grade teacher Denise Quiones said the project was part of the second-grade classes’ action plan.
All the grade levels at Peebles organize a project as a Primary Years Program International Baccalaureate School.
“During our planning, we decided we needed to affect our kids in our community,” Quiones said of the decision to raise clothing for HARP.
“It was great,” she said. “The second grade promoted it, and other grades got involved, too.”
Teachers were pleased with the group’s effort.
“We’re hoping our students take the time to think of others in need,” said second-grade teacher Alma Zavala. “They’re doing a good job. They see they can help others.”