Winter is a particularly difficult time for homeless individuals in Baltimore City. With that in mind, students in prekindergarten, prefirst, and the sixth grade recently collected donations and assembled hygiene kits that are being distributed to those who need them most this season.
For the past seven years, Laya Neelakandan '20 has worked with prefirst teacher Mary Catherine Irving to secure grant money used to purchase the supplies for hygiene kits. The grants are supplemented by donations from students who contribute money that they earn at home. This year, the effort received even more support from kindergartner Mathew P. who donated supplies that he collected in lieu of presents at his most recent birthday. On Friday, February 15, prefirst assembled 130 kits, which also included scarves made by the first grade during Kindness Week.
Meanwhile, in Middle School, the Sixth Grade Leadership Group put out a call for donations of new socks. More than 145 pairs of warm socks and personal care items were included in kits assembled by the sixth graders on Friday, February 8 and later delivered to Healthcare for the Homeless.
Earlier in February, PK also made kits which were donated to the Corpus Christi Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry.