Lamar students create Month of Caring

A group of fourth-grade students from Lamar Elementary (pictured above) recently visited the Assisted Living Residence at Eden Hill to spend time with the residents, play games and give hugs. The fourth-graders along with the school’s fifth graders are spending the month doing random acts of kindness with a focus on helping the elderly populations.

The entire school is in the middle of the Lamar Month of Service, an initiative that began after students were fired up after a successful fundraiser held earlier this semester. They are using a five-step method they were taught during the fundraiser that includes the following steps: 1) Find a Need; 2) Make a Plan; 3) Rally a Team; 4) Launch it Now; and 5) Grit it Out.

The kindergartners and first-graders have been focusing on helping animals and the second-graders and third-graders are helping young children.

“All of the students decided how they wanted to help others in a group or individually,” said Candace Barnes, the Lamar counselor that is helping the students with their initiatives.  “The students are visiting animal shelters, serving as book buddies to younger children and the older kids are volunteering at retirement communities like Eden Hill.”