Before and After School Program Helps Those in Need
The Before and After School Program (B/ASP) donated more than 200 personal care kits for those in need, thanks to the generous donations of many B/ASP families and the hard work of students.
This year, the B/ASP partnered with the Bidwell Riverside Center. Students learned about the center and the many ways it helps those who are less fortunate by providing food, shelter, clothing, and other supplies to adults and children. Students assembled personal care kits and created positive notes to slip inside.
The B/ASP has created a tradition of hosting a Greatness in Giving camp the day before Thanksgiving, partnering with a variety of non-profit organizations.
"Staff and students have come to look forward to this camp every year," said Nancy Jeffs, B/ASP manager. "Our community partnerships and the generosity of our families allow us to incorporate hands-on service learning that provides students with the opportunity to make a difference while learning the importance of service and giving back."
"It feels happy to help someone in need," said Holden Broadston, Westwood Elementary student.
About Bidwell Riverside
The Bidwell Riverside Center has been serving the Des Moines community for 125 years by providing a food and clothing pantry, community garden, child development center, and shelter. The center serves an average of 4,200 people per month and has provided more than 200 meat packages and 700 turkeys to those in need for the Thanksgiving holiday.
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