Jeremiah Williams from Forest Heights Middle School Has You Covered!
In September, Ms. Amy Walker, Gifted and Talented (GT) teacher at Forest Heights, challenged the students in her GT Seminar classes to come up with ideas for service projects. She asked each student to research various organizations that reach out to those who need a little extra help, select one worthy of a service project to be conducted during the fall semester, and present a project board that explained the intended service project. Parents and teachers were invited to come in and vote on one winning project per grade. Jeremiah Williams presented the winning 6th grade project by choosing to assist the Salvation Army with collecting blankets to be used at homeless shelters. He named his project, “We Have Got You Covered."
Jeremiah’s goal was to convince the Forest Heights community to collect 100 blankets toward the Salvation Army’s goal of 1300 blankets to be distributed to people who are staying at homeless shelters. The homeless are allowed to take the blankets with them, which becomes especially important if they are unable to secure shelter in following nights. So far, Jeremiah’s project has resulted in the donation of 180 blankets, nearly doubling his goal, and his collection is still growing.
He plans to personally distribute blankets and coffee at the Salvation Army Shelter on December 21st.
Jeremiah has been featured in a news story with Channel 4 and already, additional blankets and even some coats have started arriving at Forest Heights as a result of viewers seeing the story. He now hopes to see the collection grow to 350 so he can reach out to a greater number of people.
Other community service projects can be found across the District. Students have been collecting canned goods, blankets, coats, hats, gloves, diapers, baby wipes and toiletries to help the homeless and hungry. With incentives like double recess, the competition for the most donations has yielded amazing results.