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Creston students active this holiday season

Published: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 11:15 a.m. CDT

From Cara Soukup and Peg Krambeck Eblen, co-sponsors of CHS Student Government

Creston

Just a note to let people in the Creston Community School District know about some really amazing things happening at our high school and middle school during the holiday season.

Through organizations, as well as independently, our students have stepped up to the plate to serve others in our community. Students in iJAG collected, gift wrapped, and delivered toys; FFA members decorated the depot, gathered toys for the neighborhood center, and assisted with the Christmas Basket Club food collection and deliveries. FBLA members did indoor and outdoor decorating at Creston Nursing and Rehab, in addition to ringing the bell for the Salvation Army locally. CHS Student Government members wrote many letters for the Santa Letter Project.

FFA annually coordinates the Adopt-a-Family program at CHS. The organizations listed above all adopted one (or more) families this Christmas; several seminars adopted families, too. Creston Middle School Student Government, in addition to collecting food in November for the local food pantry, also adopted a family this year.

In November and December, FFA and CHS Student Government collaborated for a food drive at the high school. Students were encouraged to bring nonperishable items from Nov. 18 to Dec. 13. Students, faculty and staff donated over 600 pounds of food to our local food pantry.

Throughout the year, students in the various organizations at CHS will have many more opportunities to be of service to our community. For example, for the past five years, our high school baseball team has assisted with making and setting up luminaries for Relay for Life. Students in our EAST program continue to plan events for community improvement, too.

Please understand many of these young people are involved in multiple groups; beyond the school day, many students are at school rehearsing for performances, preparing for competitions, and meeting to organize a wide variety of activities. However, they are learning the importance of giving of their time and talents to benefit others, too. They are developing habits that ask them to think of others rather than to focus only on themselves. This holiday season, whether they participated in one of the events noted or brought a jar of peanut butter for the food drive, CHS students invested in their community.

Thank you for your support of the many academic and extracurricular activities, as well as fundraising efforts, of our students. Your contributions help provide opportunities for our students to grow and learn about leadership and service. They are learning about becoming viable members of the community, reaching out for support, but also reaching out to support others.

May our community be a little bit stronger because of the efforts of our young people.

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