Student leadership class donates hygiene baskets to families in need

April 20, 2023

Pictured, left to right: Joseluis Andaverde, Brynn Russell, Makenna Carrier, Det. Sgt. Kevin Skipski, Gabby Schmieding and Rosie Alvesteffer.

Student leadership class donates hygiene baskets to families in need

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HART — Students in Kirstie DeVries’s leadership class at Hart High School are learning valuable lessons about leadership and helping their community.

“The Hart High School leadership class engaged in various community projects throughout the 2022-2023 academic year,” said DeVries. “The students brainstormed ways to meet the needs of the community, such as donating funds to local food pantries and organizing a coin drive during the holidays in order to raise funds to distribute food boxes to families in need. One group wanted to focus their efforts on creating hygiene baskets to help curb the rising costs of necessary hygiene products. With generous donations from local businesses, including Coldwell Banker Woodland Schmidt, BC Pizza of Hart, Swihart’s Septic, and Hart Brewing Co., the students were able to raise enough money to put together 20 baskets filled with hygiene items.”

Ten baskets were donated to Spitler Elementary School to help any student who could benefit. The other 10 were given to the Hart Police Department to be distributed as needed in the community. Det. Sgt. Kevin Skipski, who is the school resource officer, accepted the baskets during the leadership class Wednesday, April 19. 

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