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GIVING FROM THE HEART FOR THE HOLIDAYS

12/22/2020

Continuing their annual tradition, Richland Two high schools are giving from the heart and making the holidays brighter for many in the Midlands. Each of the district’s five high schools, in cooperation with elementary and middle schools, successfully held student-led, school-wide service projects designed to encourage students to explore, understand and address needs within the community.


 
Combined the schools donated 33,499 non-perishable food items and $3,000 for Harvest Hope and Christian Assistance Bridge, provided 18,800 meals, 140 turkeys, 1,653 toiletry items and $60 for Sistercare, $8,500 for Make-a-Wish, 800 toys, 600 books, 342 toys for dogs in shelters, 180 National Health Center goodie bags, 51 bikes, and 35 coats for Transitions Homeless Center. Additionally, 15 pints of blood, 1,057 socks, and 100 outreach bags were donated. One-hundred-13 families were supported through WIS Families Helping Families and District Office employees supported 70 Richland Two families.

Over the years, these school-wide service projects have grown to meet the needs of the community. Many have been expanded into year-long drives that involve not only goods but also community service.
 
Each school has a unique name for their fundraisers: Holiday Wishes at Blythewood High, HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) 365 at Richland Northeast High, Winter Wishes at Ridge View High, Winter Days at Spring Valley High and W.O.W. Wishes of Westwood at Westwood High.