Attitude of Gratitude

As a middle school teacher, I feel that it's my obligation to teach character and consideration to my students, as well as academics and critical thinking. November and December are always my favorite months because the students and I partner together in a project called "The Attitude of Gratitude." We examine our own lives and beliefs when it comes to "us" and "getting what we want," and then turn around and help out the community through donating to either a shelter, food pantry, or classroom. This year is a big undertaking because the shelter that we're donating to has a big need, but also a lot of my students come from need as well. It's a unique balance that I'm currently praying over how we can partner together and give, yet not burden families at the school who don't have much, either. 

If you would like to partner with us, we'll be supporting Community Action's family homeless shelter in November by donating Thanksgiving meals and other non-perishable food items, and we are trying to donate 1,000 items by November 22nd (we currently have 38)... 

Immediate needs are:
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Bus passes
  • Baby food / formula
  • Nonperishable foods
  • Batteries
  • Coffee
  • Thanksgiving-themed foods

Then, in December, we are partnering with a local Head Start preschool classroom in Hillsboro, which is a federal program designed to provide children from high-need families with a "head start" to school before Kindergarten begins. They are taught nutrition habits, provided lunches, learn basic 

literacy skills at an earlier age and are also taught several other life skills in the program. We will be "adopting" a class of twenty students and surprising them all with new coats and a gift card for the teacher to buy supplies for the classroom. If you feel inclined to buy a new coat, donate money for a new one, or donate a gift card to Fred Meyer, we would SO appreciate your help!

Being a part of a project like this helps keep my focus on what is important-- being appreciative of what I *do* have, and not to focus or dwell on what I think I *don't* have. Please pray for us that we would be able to be a blessing to the Hillsboro community and to families in need this holiday season!

Contact me if you would like to donate or participate. :)

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