Have A Heart Day of Service

Woods Learning Center recently participated in their annual Have A Heart Day of Service. Students and staff at WLC spent the morning serving their community.

Wyoming Food for Thought was one of the three organizations that came to WLC. Students helped make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to feed 750 children in the community over the weekend. Students also made paper pots for WFFT. These paper pots are filled with soil and used to start seeds for gardening. Once sprouted, the paper pot can be planted in the ground where the paper will biodegrade and the plant can grow. WFFT representatives Jamie Purcell and Cassandra Baker explained to the students that they work to feed the community and teach families how to garden by providing a free seed bank.  

6th grade student, Mekhi said, “I think it’s fun. We do it every year. I think it makes [people] a lot happier and [helps] them save money for other things they need.

Student projects also included: assisting the American Cancer Society prepare for their Daffodil Days Hope By the Bunch event making flyers to attach to flower bouquets; making Valentines for Jason’s Friends Foundation children; spending time with residents of Meadow Wind Living Center making Valentines and playing games; assisting Restoration Church prepare for the day’s lunch as a part of the church’s Free Lunch Program where community members can get a free hot meal; assisting Special Olympics Wyoming prepare for upcoming events; serving breakfast at Salvation Army Hope Center; designing and making capes for Make-A-Wish children; packing lunches and making blankets for Sandwich Ministries; helping Rescued Treasures organize their new store; and helping Mercer Family Resource Center prepare for their Candy Land Game Night event.  

2nd grader Beau spent his morning at Meadow Wind Living Center and said spending time with the residents was “Awesome and made me feel good.” He hopes to go back next year.

Nicole Roden has been part of organizing Have A Heart Day since its start 10 years ago with 1st grade teacher, Deyonne Jackson. She connects WLC with the organizations throughout the community in order to make this event happen each year.

Roden said, “We have always wanted kids to see community projects. We want them to know it’s not just money, you can also donate your time. It’s important for kids to go places and see people need help.”


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