Second Grade Class Collects Wish List Items

The entire second grade class at Okte Elementary School helped collect critical wish list items as IPH prepares for the cold winter months.

The collection was part of a unit on Community, which emphasized the importance of providing for those in need.  After the students presented their items to IPH, the school librarian read a book about a woman facing homelessness, which helped to explain the impact of their donations.  Afterwards, the students returned to the classrooms to create holiday decorations for the shelter and guests.

This is the second annual donation drive sponsored by the second grade class at Okte Elementary School.  The tradition began solely with Mr. Carter’s class, and expanded to include the entire second grade this year.

Items collected included laundry detergent, ground coffee, disposable plates, utensils, napkins, and personal hygiene items.  With the recent opening of the IPH Safe Haven Shelter, an overnight shelter providing an additional 19 beds during the winter months, the donations come at a critical time.  It’s with donation drives from our community partners that we are able to sustain the many programs and services that address the needs of the homeless and low-income community.


Eric and Kristen with the donations from the Okte Elementary School second grade class.

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