Summit School of Ahwatukee Student Council leads school’s 10th annual Thanksgiving drive to help Homeward Bound
After each feather was plucked from the paper turkey, grocery items were purchased, baskets were arranged, letters were written and games and books were added, the Thanksgiving Baskets were complete! Large, functional laundry or wicker baskets brimmed over with all of the tasty ingredients for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, including gift certificates for perishable items, festive napkins, and a fall table cloth. Summit’s Student Council used funds they earned throughout the year to add children’s books and a board game to each basket! Special thanks to Andrea Evans-Elwell and Laura Bachrach for a large donation of books. Special thanks also go to all of the students who donated their Halloween candy for cash. The $40 collected from the candy was used to help fill in missing items from classroom baskets. All throughout the school, from Pre-School to 8th grade, students took pride in knowing that they helped a family in need enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with their families this holiday season.
Student Council Officers and Representatives delivered 30 overflowing Thanksgiving baskets to community outreach organization Homeward Bound, a Phoenix-based non-profit helping struggling families on Monday. Students were taken on a tour of the Homeward Bound facility in order to get a first hand look at the daycare, a housing unit, and the campus in which some of the recipients of our baskets are currently living.
Homeward Bound’s housing and social services has assisted thousands of families rebuild their lives by helping parents develop social skills and professional capabilities they need to live independent, successful and hopeful lives. Services include: transitional housing, case management, employment services, hands-on training by local professionals, education and life skills training, counseling, and nurturing, affordable child care. Visit www.homewardboundaz.org/ to learn how to help.