Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Fayette Students Brighten Holidays for Sick Children

Students in Fayette County’s After School and REACH (Reaching Educational and Career Heights) programs are helping make the holidays a little merrier for some very special children.

Students in the two programs have been busy decorating and stuffing VIP (Very Important Patient) bags for children admitted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Pediatric Hospital. This is the second consecutive year the students have worked on the VIP bags, which are part of the annual Santa’s Workshop Project coordinated by Janis Kraft of Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty in Peachtree City/Fayette.

After School Program students decorated white lunch bags with cheerful pictures and encouraging words. REACH students lent a hand helping stuff the bags with toys, crayons and activity sheets. Their goal was to complete 1,500 bags.

“I feel very proud that I can help others,” says Alyssa Ginn, a third grader in the After School Program at Kedron Elementary.

Local restaurants donated toys and crayons to the project. Students also contributed by donating their unused fast food toys.

The project has helped students in both programs understand the importance of helping others. They also learned that small actions go a long way in making a positive difference in people’s lives.

“This project provided students with a wonderful opportunity to exercise empathy. It demonstrates how their actions can help others,” says Christine Clark, the After School Program site coordinator at Kedron Elementary.

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