Tahoma Students Show Compassion and Share Their T-Shirts

February 13th, 2013

The students of Tahoma High School in Maple Valley, WA participated in a school-wide fundraiser called Wrap It Up. This service project begins with a donated T-shirt. Then kids add useful items inside such as soap, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, etc., fold the shirt around the items and finish the bundle by tying it up with a ribbon. The students were moved to participate after viewing a PowerPoint presentation designed to educate students about the desperate need and poverty in Nicaragua and how students could help. Excitement about the project grew as students participated in fast paced lunchtime relays that had students racing to put bundles together in an attempt to win exciting prizes. Also, class competitions motivated classrooms to compete against each other, trying to win the title, “most bundles from one class”. Tahoma High School students bundled 1,300 T-Shirts over a 3-week period. 20 Tahoma High School students will attend the Deeds of Joy week #2 mission were these students will be able to distribute the bundles their classmates helped collect. Thank you THS!

During the month of January, Tahoma Junior High School took part in a service project designed to collect basic needs for the many impoverished villages of Nicaragua. Students put together “T-shirt” bundles where they wrapped basic need items in a T-Shirt. These items included Neosporin, toothbrushes, toothpaste, Band-Aids, snacks, shampoo, lotion, and small toys. The excitement to help children and families in rural Nicaraguan villages spread throughout the school. Students were proud to wrap up items in favorite T-shirts and old athletic uniforms. One PE class donated 100 bundles. The PE weight room at the school was used as a packing zone for an entire day with many students volunteering to help. TJH students were not the only participants in this project. Many teachers, administrators, Para educators, custodians, and parents also contributed bundles. As a school, Tahoma Junior High collected over 800 T-shirt bundles. There will be TJH students and staff members traveling to Nicaragua with the Corner of Love mission in February and will be hand-delivering these bundles!

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