Indian Hills Students Donate 8,000+ Toys, Food, and Personal Care Items (11/23/2022)
Nov. 23, 2022 | Indian Hills Junior High students kicked off the school’s 10th Season of Giving by donating 8,136 toys, food items, and personal care products to local organizations that benefit families in need as part of the school’s annual Feed the POD and Toys for Tigers events.
Students worked to collect food and personal care items, with an emphasis on items specifically for the WDMCS Booster Pak program. Through a partnership with PODS Moving and Storage company, students filled a large, portable moving container — the POD — with all additional donations, which was delivered to Clive Community Services at the conclusion of the drive.
Booster Pak was established in 2010 with the mission to help at-risk WDMCS students reach their fullest potential by reducing childhood hunger and promoting health and wellness. The program provides food to at-risk students on weekends and school breaks, when they do not have access to the federal free or reduced-price meal programs, at no additional cost to the students or families.
Toys for Tigers, an event where social studies students work together to shop for a specific child or family’s need, not only benefits the community — it benefits the students, too. As a component of social studies classes and Tiger Time, students grow their social emotional learning skills through the lens of giving back to those around them. Students worked together this year to shop for toys for specific families in need, taking each child’s age and interest into consideration.
“This project is about giving to something bigger than yourself and supporting your community,” Shane Christensen, Ed.D., Principal of Indian Hills Jr. High, explained. “We always give locally so that we can support families in the WDMCS area.”