Hill Middle School students give back to the community
Students at Hill Middle School collected 1119 pairs of socks during a “Socktober” Holiday drive for charity.
The socks were delivered last month to New Beginnings of Tampa, a transitional housing and homeless recovery program that provides young adults over the age 18 with a safe place to live and job training programs, just as the Florida weather begins to turn dangerous for those without shelter.
Terra Virgin, the National Junior Honor Society sponsor, and her NJHS students, headed by President Olivia Krause and Vice President Gina Ricci-Bean, organized the drive to give back to the community.
Virgin said that once the students had decided on the project, and found a willing organization to receive the donations, that the paperwork associated with the drive was very minimal.
“It did my heart good to see the National Junior Honor Society take the lead of a totally student led project. They organized it, did all of the collections and documentation themselves and they showed a lot of pride,” said Ronald Mason principal at Hill Middle School.
Mason said the project tied into the concept of student leadership and community building. “Last year we placed a huge emphasis on the school culture piece and it’s great for the students to come fourth and show the fruits of our labor,” he added.
Krause and Bean agreed that the project was educational as well as inspirational as NJHS students used both marketing and business skills during the collection drives and promised that this will not be the last of such events at Hill Middle School.