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Rea View Elementary is making a difference in the community

Rea View Elementary students pictured from left to right: Megan Ruiz, Drew Yeagley, Cloe Yeagley, Jack Yeagley, Trystan Morris

Cold, hungry, lost your home due to a monster storm? All hope is not lost, Union County Public Schools students, including those at Rea View Elementary School, never fail to help.

Rea View Elementary School has a very active Student Council. In recent weeks they have worked in partnership with the Rea View PTA Community Service Committee and a local Daisy Scout Troop to publicize and organize community service projects.

Rea View Elementary School Principal Donna Cook shared, ""It is fantastic to see the leadership and enthusiasm from these student leaders within our school. Our focus for the month of December at Rea View was compassion, which we described as 'caring enough to do something about someone else's need'. The Student Council has done a wonderful job in partnership with other groups to address very real needs within our county and in other areas of the country."

The first project undertaken was a coat drive. With the arrival of colder weather, the need for warm coats overwhelmed local agencies. The Rea View community stepped up to meet the need, collecting over 300 coats to be distributed to Union County residents.

The Rea View Elementary School Canned Food Drive was conducted in conjunction with the Monroe Kiwanis Club to benefit local families as well. Members of the Monroe Kiwanis Club picked up the non-perishable food contributions on a regular basis and delivered the food throughout the community.

Despite being involved in other community service projects, the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and the needs caused by it launched the Red Wolves of Rea View back into action. To aid the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief fund students collected coins, raising over $900 for the victims of the great storm. Students celebrated their philanthropic success with a Hat Day at school.

Rea View Elementary School Student Council President Trystan, shared the following insight about the projects, "There are lots of people in need right now, so giving just one coat or one can of food will help make a difference. Guest speakers that have come to our meetings have really helped get the enthusiasm going in our members."

Rea View Elementary teachers James Reese and Kathy Baker sponsor the Rea View Student Council.

Written by: Diann Harvey and Rob Jackson
Posted: Jan 09, 2013 by Rob Jackson

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