Parkway e-News Story

Parkway Students Give Back to the Community during the Holidays

Read about Parkway students who spent their spare time over the past several months helping to make the holidays more special for those in need. Below are just a few stories of students making a difference in the community. NORTHEAST MIDDLE Fifty-five students from Northeast Middle School lifted the spirits of their adopted "grandparents" when they made their annual holiday visit to a nursing home on December 20. The "grandparents" are residents of Creve Coeur Manor nursing home, and the staff there makes sure "adoptive" residents are those who have little or no contact with family and few visitors. Each resident fills out a "wish list" with items that he or she would like for the holiday season. The lists are then given to the middle school, and each fifth hour/home room class adopts a resident. The student council representative for each class helps to organize the collection of money and then the purchase of wish list items. The students also make cards and other handmade items for their "grandparents." CENTRAL HIGH Each Thursday afternoon during the school year, a group of students and teachers at Central High meets after school to knit scarves, mittens, blankets and more for local children. They call it "The Linus Project," and their weekly knitting sessions have introduced a new hobby to many. The scarves, hats and mittens the 25 students and seven teachers have knitted this fall will be donated to the Hosea House for their clients. In the second semester, the knitters will work on blankets that will be donated to local hospitals and the Red Cross for those in need. "The Linus Project" is led by Central High teacher Teresa Mullins and is just one part of the school's "Project Help" community service programs. CRAIG ELEMENTARY Kudos to Craig students who donated $8,562.59 to the American Heart Association in December following their Jump Rope for Heart pledge drive. The students took pledges and jumped rope to earn the donations in memory of, or as a tribute to, loved ones with heart disease. Craig is one of the top 10 schools in the St. Louis area to collect such a sizable donation. This is the third year Craig has participated in this service project. PE teacher Liz Dickinson organized it this year. WEST HIGH The West High student government class of 2008 worked with the areas three Sunrise Assisted Living communities to collect donations of food and other essentials and then assemble gift bags to distribute to homebound seniors who are celebrating the holidays alone this year. This is the third year Parkway students and Sunrise have produced the gift bags.