Project Empathy raises more than $8,000 and provides warmth, awareness

Middle School's Project Empathy is a pillar of the All Saints' service learning program and has evolved over the last 10+ years into significant local partnerships; these partnerships are critical connections for our students because they make the collecting of donations and the Overnight Experience relevant and very real to kids who may never have seen or interacted with someone in poverty/hunger. It also plants seeds to show the substantial impact their two grade levels (primarily) can make in an organization and to other families in need. Here are the main partnerships within the four Project Empathy experiences. 
  • In November, Project Empathy kicks off with a Thanksgiving dinner drive and supports Union Gospel Mission. This year, the Middle School collected $2,560 in turkey money, plus a substantial pile of food, which worked out to 128 meals.

  • The winter Warmth Drive supports Presbyterian Night Shelter and this year the Middle School collected 245 blankets, 181 jackets, 100 hats and scarves, 145 pairs of gloves, 118 pairs of underwear, and 522 pairs of socks.

  • The annual Overnight Experience this year will include a visit from Terrence Butler from Rivertree Academy in Como who will speak to the definition of a food desert and what his students face, and Erika Amy from Communities in Schools, who will speak about the effects of hunger on the students at her school, things she encounters as a social worker on a daily basis, and the backpack program for those without food at home. The Overnight simulates a homeless experience through a 24-hour fast, sleeping outside with little shelter, and other activities that provide impact during the night. The day culminates with students holding cardboard box signs during morning carpool, asking for donations to benefit local children living in hunger. This year, students collected $3,000 and an anonymous donor matched the collection, for a total of $6,000 to be donated to Communities in Schools and Rivertree Academy. 

  • The final experience of Project Empathy is a Good Friday Foot Washing where students assist All Saints’ Episcopal Church in an outreach opportunity in Unity Park, which primarily supports people from Presbyterian Night Shelter.
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