Horace Mann Elementary spreads service around the globe

Striving to make an impact locally and globally, Horace Mann Elementary School hosted the fourth annual “Soaring to Serve” project.

Striving to make an impact locally and globally, Horace Mann Elementary School hosted the fourth annual “Soaring to Serve” project.

The Soaring to Serve project emphasizes the concept of service to elementary students through three weeks of donation-taking for various organizations and needs.

This year, week one of the project was dedicated to collecting school supplies, coats, gloves, and more to Gabriel’s House and making Christmas placemats for a local senior citizens center; week two’s project was to donate items for care packages that were sent to deployed Navy sailors; and week three was focused on bringing in needed supplies and dog food for the Stephens County Humane Society.

As a result of the amount of giving that took place, Horace Mann was able to send 22 care packages over to the deployed Navy sailors and give a large donation to the humane society, among other contributions.

The project was designed to not only give back, but to give the elementary students an outlet to be service-minded and use their creativity to help others in the community and beyond.

Seeing the impact and success the project has made, President Kara Sanders of the Parent Teacher Organization reflected on the lessons the students took from another year of the project.

“Our students have worked together to help others near and far,” Sanders said. “They have learned that (when) working together, we can make a difference in the lives of others.”

The Soaring to Serve project will return next year around the holiday season.

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