When a tornado ripped through Iowa’s Little Sioux Scout Ranch in 2008, the area was devastated both geographically and emotionally. Not only did the tornado level a building and destroy a forest, it killed a young Boy Scout named Aaron Eilerts.
In the aftermath of such a tragedy, Iowa Governor Chet Culver created “Aaron Eilerts Day of Service and Giving” on February 24, 2009, which would have been Aaron’s 15th birthday. Each year on this day, schools throughout Iowa are asked to practice the same kindness through service that Aaron had displayed throughout his life.
This year, with the Haitian earthquake fresh in the minds of students at Hinton Community School, they decided to help their peers in Haiti. An Internet search turned up CREED’s School Kits program, and the students decided to raise money to send kits to Haiti. Calling their project “10x10,” Hinton’s students set out to raise $100, or enough for 10 kits.
Every morning for a week, Student Council members stood in the school’s lobby and collected voluntary donations from students as they arrived at school. By the end, the students had smashed their $100 goal, and raised over $400!
The project was carried out by elementary students— ages six to 11—who saw a need and decided to fill it. CREED is honored to accept their kind donation and forward the school kits to children in Haiti.
For many children, CREED’s School Kits are the first step to an education. They provide the materials that students must have in order to attend school—materials that are quite simple and total just $10—but for many families are unaffordable or simply unavailable.
Each school kit contains:
- One durable cloth bag with handles and Velcro closure
- Three spiral-bound notebooks totaling about 450 pages of paper
- Four No. 2 pencils
- One pencil sharpener
- One box of 12 colored pencils
- One eraser
- One pair of children’s blunt-nose scissors
- One 12-inch metric ruler
Hinton’s good work won’t end with their donation to CREED. In the spring, they will collect donations for the Children’s Miracle Network. In the fall, they will collect food for a local food bank. During the holidays, they will give donated items and wrapped gifts to a needy family in their community. Throughout the year, they help their school in little ways. As Hinton Counselor Mary Daniels says, “My council is very busy!”
For 2009’s Aaron Eilerts Day, Hinton students carried out two community projects: making fleece blankets for animals at the local Humane Society, and creating Sunshine Buckets for senior citizens. “Sunshine Buckets” are sand pails filled with stamps, playing cards, lotion bottles, and other small items to bring a little sunshine to a senior citizen’s day.
What You Can Do
If you’d like to help educate children we are continuing to collect funds for school kits. We are in the process of helping the children in Haiti and In the near future we will ask for funds to help the children of Chile after the recent massive earthquake in their country. You can help by following the example of the children of Hinton Community School by making a donation to CREED by clicking on the homepage.