New BCHS club bringing warmth to Woodlawn

November 18, 2004|KATIE McBRIDE

The boys at Woodlawn Children's Campus will have plenty of warm layers this winter thanks to the fund raising abilities of Boyle County High School's Future Educators of America.

By taking donations at Wal-Mart and at football games, the students were able to collect more than $300. With that money, they went on a Wal-Mart shopping spree to purchase winter clothing for the boys. The students also asked for clothing donations that will be divided up among the children.

"People were really generous, a lot more than I thought they'd be," said Ashley Anderson, FEA president.

Each boy will receive a sweatshirt and jogging suit. They had originally planned to buy all the boys winter coats, but decided that the lighter weight coats were more practical and would leave room for pants and sweatshirts as well.

The students spent a lot of time selecting their purchases. They wanted to make sure that the boys had plenty of warmth with hoods and lining. Wal-Mart manager Kenny Walton also helped the students by donating sock caps.


Although this is the club's first year, it has already made a big difference.

Katie Tiller, English teacher and club sponsor said, "I'm really proud of my club."

She is excited about this opportunity and impressed with the work her students have put into it.

"They're very focused."

"We love our club, we love Ms. Tiller, and we're passionate about what we're doing," said FEA member Shea Cummings.

Fourteen boys at Woodlawn

With the money and clothes collected they will be able to provide winter clothing for all 14 boys staying at Woodlawn. Earlier this year they held a book drive for Junction City Elementary.

The students were pleased with the amount of winter clothes and accessories they were able to buy with the money they raised. Anderson says they hope to make this an annual project.

"I think we've surprised ourselves," she said.

Club members chose Woodlawn Children's Campus because they felt that it was an organization that doesn't always get a lot of attention. Anderson adds that a lot of the residents are "the same age as our brothers."

Woodlawn provides a temporary home for abused or neglected children to get the treatment they need to be happy in their foster, adoptive, or previous family.

"We just want to help out," said Alia Samhat, FEA member.

The group has many more service projects planned for the rest of the year. If you would like to learn how you can help them in the future, contact Tiller at Boyle County High School at (859) 236-5047.

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