“Helping Hands” this year, Shawano Middle is full of them. A new club was started, that focuses on making a difference in the community through service projects. Advisor Theresa Berg said the idea is for students to do what is close to their hearts.
“They are going to make dog treats, and they will sell the dog treats, and with that money we will purchase hygiene items for the homeless shelter” Berg explained.
The process is just getting underway. Monday night, the group started making dog treats to get out in the community. Berg said the program is still a work in progress, but the possibilities are endless.
“Maybe there is someone in their family that is battling cancer right now, so they want to do some sort of fundraiser, or make cards or any of those service projects.”
Berg said it is also a way to get kids to be involved and included. She said with her teaching position in special education at the Middle School, she sees that can be a problem.
“There are so many kids that don’t really have the right fit yet” she said. Maybe they are not into sports or into an academic club. We really tried to reach out to those kids that needed a place at school where they could belong.”
For now, “Helping Hands” will meet on Monday’s after school and will also have some lunchtime meetings. Berg said it is open to any student at the Middle School.Helping Hands will be accepting donations to help their project goals.