Hazelwood Elementary reaches the needs of the community

Dec 12, 2012
Hazelwood Elementary students gather together items for Mountain Project's "Christmas Boxes for the Elderly".  Pictured are Parx White, Broc Gudger, Selah Hill, Will Ledbetter, McKenna Ezell, Saleste Velasquez, Emily Mann, and Mrs. Becky Pope, our Title I teacher.

Hazelwood students and staff recently collected items for Mountain Project’s “Christmas Boxes for the Elderly.”

More than 30 boxes were delivered to help elderly residents of Haywood County enjoy a warm and joyous Christmas.  Donations included blankets, socks, snacks, toiletries and other items.

The project was done in conjunction with the school’s character education program.  During the month of December, the character trait that is taught throughout the school is kindness and caring.  This is taught by introducing it on the school's morning news program at the beginning of each month.

Then,  teachers throughout the schools emphasize the trait through the reading of books and specific lessons taught all month.  Hazelwood Elementary students have also demonstrated their understanding of kindness by donating canned goods for the Town of Waynesville's Pack the Pantry drive in November and by sending items to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  This drive was coordinated by Hazelwood Soap Company.

The staff at Hazelwood Elementary hope that by particpating in these programs students will be able to see beyond the school walls to the needs of the greater community.  By building cooperative relationships, we can aid in developing the whole child - not only academically, but socially and emotionally as well.