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GREENACRES MIDDLE ORGANIZES "RACHEL'S CLOSET"
Members of the Fellowship for Christian Athletes and Student Council at Greenacres Middle School wanted to initiate a project that keeps on giving, even after they go on to high school. After hearing about Rachel's Challenge, they came up with the idea for "Rachel's Closet" to help fellow students in need of the basics; school uniforms, shoes, backpacks and toiletries.
Rachel Scott was the first student killed in the Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Colorado. To carry on her belief that one good deed can start a chain reaction, Scott's family began the non-profit organization Rachel's Challenge. It has since swept the country, serving as the catalyst at schools and in communities for projects that help others. Elizabeth Oliver, Student Council sponsor, and Kathy Einerson, FCA sponsor, decided more good could be done by uniting the efforts of their two organizations. "The kids said they wanted to do something that helps our kids," Oliver said. "It was their desire to help fellow students."
That is how "Rachel's Closet" came to be. There was already a clothes closet of sorts in the front office for students in need of uniforms. But members of Greenacres' FCA and Student Council found a space, held a school-wide clothing drive and organized the closet like a store. Now, students have a place to go for help when they have outgrown their uniforms or need other supplies and finances are tight at home. Cole Barnhill, Student Council President, said "It feels good that we're helping everyone have an equal opportunity. I'm more proud of my school knowing we can give back."
To donate to "Rachel's Closet," feel free to drop off new or gently used school uniforms at Greenacres, as well as shoes, backpacks and lunch boxes. New socks and underwear are also needed. Monetary donations are also readily accepted.
Barnhill realizes he will never know which of his fellow classmates "Rachel's Closet" may help. It is designed for anonymity. He also won't see how it flourishes after he moves on to high school next year. He has hopes for it, though.
"I hope it continues to expand and its legacy can live on," Barnhill said. "But I also hope one day there isn't the need for clothing and necessities."
8th Grade Students of the Week
Lizzie Jane Holley
J. P. Powell
Upcoming Events for Future Vikings
Pep Squad: Fitting for all members will be Tuesday, May 14th from 3-6. The $370 uniform fee must be paid in full (cash or money order).
Volleyball Tryouts – May the 15 – 17, 2:45 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. at the Airline Girls gym, wear shorts, tennis shoes and t-shirt, if you have knee pads you can bring those.
Baseball Tryouts - June 3rd and 4th, 9am-noon
Students selected for the Louisiana Bandmasters Association All Star Band
These students will practice on the campus at U. La-Lafayette June 3rd and 4th and perform a concert June 4th.
Jacob Hughes, 8th Grade French Horn – Selected for the second year in a row
Jami Rivers, 8th Grade Oboe – Selected for the second year in a row
Emily Brewer, 8th Grade Trumpet
Vernell Calhoune, 8th Grade Bass Clarinet
Charles Pearcy, 7th Grade Clarinet
Chloe Farrar, 7th Grade Flute
Congratulations to these awesome musicians!
Congratulations to Courtney Riede who won FIRST PLACE at the Art Break Idol competition! Courtney competed in four rounds of singing and beat out over 30 students from Caddo and Bossier schools and won the grand prize of $500! Congratulations Courtney! You can here Courtney sing a solo at the GMS Choir spring concert in two weeks!
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