Students Make Donation Bags for the Homeless in Tuolumne County | New


In an annual tradition, students from Sierra Waldorf School on Rawhide Road in Jamestown gathered on Friday, November 19 to celebrate the act of giving.

They brought items they made from school and donations from home to tables set up in a covered area outside for their morning assembly.

This year’s theme was to comfort the homeless by assembling ‘bags of necessity’ that included toiletries, gloves, snacks, lotion, lip balm, instant coffee, tea, bandana and a handwritten note with an inspirational phrase. Feminine hygiene products were included in bags specially designed for women.

All donations were intended for the David Lambert Community Visitor Center in Sonora. Jeanette Lambert, founder of the center, and a team of volunteers arrived in vans and were present for the celebration.

The process begins earlier in the fall, when the combined sixth and seventh grade class decides what the school plan will be. Last year’s project was a book drive.

In addition to the bags, donations to the center Friday included frozen bags of soup made by preschools, beef chili and cornbread made by third and fourth graders, and Rice Krispie treats made by students. fifth year.

Jessica Robertson, 42, a sixth and seventh combined class teacher, from Copperopolis, spoke to the student body telling them that their act of “collective giving has led to something great” and how the people they did not know will benefit from their donations.

The students thanked Jeanette Lambert by spelling her name with an attribute for each letter and presented her with a miniature potted rose bush.

Jeanette Lambert addressed the assembly and thanked the children for their efforts. She said that although she received donations from the county, corporations and other entities, she was particularly happy with the children’s donations.

“You will become adults capable of serving in the community and with your little hearts you will give and do wonderful things,” she said. “God bless you and all of your teachers for everything you do. “

Jeanette Lambert went to school earlier before the start of the project and explained to the seventh graders what the Lambert Center is and who it serves. She stressed the importance of “staying in school, the importance of charity work and using your donations around the world”.

Scott Geer, 9, from Sonora, said it was “fun to cook and work on our skills”.

Seventh grade student Paige Barnett, 12, of Sonora, commented on the Lambert Center and said that “a lot of people have worked hard and put in an effort, and Jeanette has done a good thing for the community.” She also said she liked the way the classes “worked together to provide items for donations.”

Bodhi Jones, 11, of Sonora, said he “hoped more schools would do this,” and thanked Jeanette Lambert because “her center is helping a lot of people.”

Avery Giles, 12, of Sonora, said it was good for people to help because “homelessness is a big deal” and that he “hoped the contributions of students would make a difference in this community”.


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