UNION MILLS, Ind. – As part of its ongoing partnership with local elementary schools, the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) wrapped up its third quarter session of Kids Caring for the Community and awarded $500 to South Central Elementary School. Each year, Kids Caring for the Community awards money to participating elementary schools in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties.
There are four total Kids Caring for the Community sessions throughout the academic year, giving local elementary schools multiple opportunities to be selected as winners. To participate in the program, schools must complete service projects in their communities, and the $500 winners are chosen randomly among all of the participating schools in each county. For their service project, the third quarter winner in LaPorte County made and delivered Valentine’s Day cards to cheer up the patients at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago and residents at a local nursing home.
“South Central Elementary was very excited to be selected!” commented principal Ben Anderson. “We certainly take pride in serving our community. Our students are naturals. They do it without thinking, and it's something they enjoy. We are starting a preschool next year called the Little Comets Preschool, so we're planning to use the money to help fund new playground equipment suitable for the preschool students.”
“Kids Caring for the Community is a great program to reward students for the hard work they do during the school year, and it shows the importance of being involved and doing great things in your community,” commented IKORCC Representative John Carr. “Teaching kids at an early age about the importance of giving back puts them on a path to future leadership within our communities.”