The students and staff at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School in the Phoenix Central School District are coordinating a project to help the homeless population in their community.
The school has teamed up with Hikers for the Homeless, a Phoenix-based non-profit organization to help create over 100 Easter baskets for people in the district’s community that do not have a permanent residence.
Students in third grade have been working with art teachers Kathy Lambert and Ashley Myers to create homemade baskets for the project.
The students put into practice some of the art and drawing techniques that they have been learning about in class to create baskets with unique patterns, designs, and festive bunny faces.
The paper baskets will eventually be filled with personal care items that the school is in the process of collecting.
Items that are currently being collected by MAM students and staff include: washcloths, travel-sized toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, powder, and deodorant, chapstick, toothpaste, toothbrushes, small first aid kits or first aid supplies, sewing kits, clean cotton or wool socks, Ziploc baggies (any brand and any size), low-value gift cards to fast-food restaurants or ‘free fries’ type of coupons, pens, small notebooks, playing cards, small games and individually wrapped Easter candies.
Those wishing to support MAM in their community service project to help the homeless population in their community can drop off donations of any of the above items to the main office of the elementary school on or before April 11.