Earlier this month, fifth-graders from Mrs. Beyer’s and Mrs. Eaton’s classes hosted the inaugural Helping Homeless Carnival at Gotsch Intermediate. Benefiting the Epworth Youth Emergency Service Program (YES), which provides food and housing to youth experiencing homelessness or family crisis, the student-planned service learning project raised $1,116 and collected 799 pairs of socks.
“We are unbelievably proud of the hard work our kids put into this, and the huge success it turned out to be. We were amazed to see how they have grown in empathy and compassion with a drive to solve the world’s problems! This was one of the most inspiring and impactful experiences I’ve had as a teacher,” said Rachel Eaton. “We watched the kids take a few small ideas and turn them into a well-organized and fun carnival, that drew tons of people and raised an unexpected amount of money and donations! We are also super grateful for the support of the Gotsch community and local businesses.”
The Helping Homeless Carnival featured games, Jolly Jumps, a snack bar and raffle. Even more, the event made a big impact on the fifth-grade students who planned and led the carnival.
“I liked that it wasn’t just for fun, but it was also about a good cause,” said Briana Kurti, a student from Mrs. Beyer’s class. “I also learned that it’s not difficult to make a change.”
Adds Emma Lanz from Mrs. Eaton’s class, “My favorite part was seeing how many people came and how excited they were to be there. I learned that you can help more than one person at a time, and still do something great even when you mess up.”
To view more pictures from the Helping Homeless Carnival, please click here.