Service project aims at helping children

Submitted photoMembers of the Clinton High School Student Council, representatives of the Clinton Police Department, and representatives from Mercy Medical Center pose with the stuffed animals collected for children in traumatic experiences.

CLINTON — During the week of March 16, the Clinton High School Student Council hosted a stuffed animal drive as part of a school-wide community service project. Student council members chose this activity in sticking with CHS’ Royal Code: Do Right, Be Noble, Choose Excellence, Rise Above.

In the weeks leading up to the event, the student council developed plans for how to promote/advertise the project at CHS, a way to collect the items, as well as where they would be donated once collected. In order to advertise the project, students developed announcements to be read at CHS during daily announcements and during lunch. Additionally, student council members carried stuffed animals with them throughout the school day twice to raise awareness and promote the project within the school.

The student council members were in awe of the number of items that were collected from the CHS community. 

Nick Beckwith, Clinton High School Student Council president, said, “I can’t believe how many items we collected. I’m really happy that this was a success.” 

At the completion of the collection period, donations were separated into new and used items. The used items were cleaned and laundered and returned to school.

On Monday, April 20, the student council members met with representatives of the Clinton Police Department and Mercy Medical Center to present them with the stuffed animals. The student council donated these items to the police and fire departments, as well as Mercy Medical Center so that children in mentally or physically traumatic experiences can be presented with a “comfort” item.

Members of the police department and representatives of Mercy Medical Center were very impressed and excited at the donation and the thought that the CHS community had towards others who may be experiencing tough times. 

Clinton Police Capt. Tom Bohle, interim police chief, was amazed at the students’ efforts and indicated that the department would “bag up” several animals to be placed in the trunk of each squad car so that they would be immediately available to officers if needed. Bohle also indicated the Clinton Fire Department would be given some of the stuffed items as well.

The Clinton High School Student Council, Clinton Police Department, and Mercy Medical Center deemed the activity a success. The students were excited at what they accomplished and the number of lives that will be impacted in a positive way. The adults involved were excited at the students’ thoughts and concerns for others.