This month, 26 eighth-grade members of the Boardman Center Middle School Civics Club took on a special springtime project to bring a smile to the young patients at Akron Children's Hospital. They assembled "bunny boxes" that were stuffed with toy cars and miniature trucks, dolls, coloring books, crayons, erasers, bath toys, McGruff activity books, and a variety of wind-up toys.
"The students enjoyed staying after, wrapping and stuffing the boxes," said Brad Calhoun, BCMS teacher and Civics Club advisor. "They know it is a small way of contributing to cheering up the patients at the hospital."
Club member Tiffany Donadee said, "It just felt right to do something for kids going through some tough times. I hope it brought them a little joy and hope."
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Boardman Center Middle School Civics Club members Andrew Gable, Vince Huzicka, Corie Kuras, and Sydney Lewis show off the “bunny boxes” their club made for patients at Akron Children’s Hospital this month.
The members were able to assemble the boxes, but due to safety and health reasons, they couldn't personally present the gifts to the sick children. Instead they had to turn them over at the volunteer center of the hospital who would oversee the delivery to each child.
While the project was a great one for the club's initial year, it hasn't been the only one. Members have already participated in a clothing drive and have attended a township meeting to learn more about their local government. They also attended a Youngstown State University basketball game and will have a busy April of hard work.
"In April we are cleaning up a section of Market Street in an "Adopt a Highway program'," Calhoun said.
The group brainstorm ideas for each of their projects. The members come up with ideas and lists of activities they would like to be involved in to help the community. Advisors Calhoun and Marilyn Scheetz then tweak the students' ideas into manageable activities.
With just a few months of school left, the success of the new club is evident. Calhoun said there are already plans to open it up more for the 2012-13 school year.
"The club intends to expand next year and open it up to all grades at Center," he said.