Hominy Valley Students Help Flood Victims

Hominy Valley Students Help Flood Victims
Posted on 12/20/2021
Through student organizations like Hominy Valley Elementary School’s Early Act Club, even the youngest BCS students learn the joy of giving back to their community.By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Through student organizations like Hominy Valley Elementary School’s Early Act Club, even the youngest BCS students learn the joy of giving back to their community.

On Wednesday (Pajama Day of the school’s spirit week), kindergarten through fourth grade students finished their schoolwide supply drive for victims of the August 2021 floods in Haywood County. They brought thousands of non-perishable food items to restock The Community Kitchen in Canton, a food aid provider in Haywood County that was heavily damaged by the flooding. The Early Act Club is active around the community, sponsoring families for Christmas gifts, preparing meals for soup kitchens, and making blankets from the elderly and the unhoused, said Finn, a fourth grader.

“We help people in need so they get food and clothes and other stuff,” he said. “I want there to be less people out there who are cold and hungry. I just want people to feel happy in their life, not sad.”

That was music to the ears of second grade teacher and club sponsor Traci Morgan.

“It’s important for children to give back and know the importance of giving back,” she said. “They need to see that even as young as they are, they can make a difference.”

Originally, she said, the food drive was a contest among the grade levels for an ice cream party. But every grade brought so much food that the school decided to reward all the kids with ice cream.

“I’m really proud of the response,” Ms. Morgan said. “It shows that this school community deeply cares and wants to make the world a better place.”

The Early Act Club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Asheville West.