Liberty Elementary School students add donations to bins prior to the school’s closure.
Liberty Elementary School, a national School of Character, is committed to service learning, and that mission has not stopped during the school closure.
Liberty’s Student Leadership Team, prior to the closing of schools last month, launched a school initiative to help stock the Cherokee High School “Care Pantry.” This pantry, which complements the MUST Ministries food pantry housed at Cherokee HS, provides students in need and their families with basic household items and toiletries.
When CCSD schools closed on March 13, donations of toilet paper, soap and more were piling up at Liberty ES, but had not yet been delivered to Cherokee HS. Teachers recently were permitted to enter Liberty ES, after a temperature check and following social distancing guidelines, and they not only gathered up the student donations, they also collected their classrooms’ leftover cleaning and hand wipes, sanitizer and similar household supplies to add to the donations. The school’s remaining supply of After School Program snacks also was added to the donations.
In total, two truckloads of donated household supplies and snacks were shipped to Cherokee HS before Spring Break, and now will be distributed to students and their families when they come to school to pick up food boxes.
Liberty ES Principal Doug Knott praised teacher Stacy Campbell, who heads up the Student Leadership Team, for her efforts in coordinating the project.
“This service-learning project, which was planned for several weeks prior to the pandemic, and was designed to create a partnership between the two schools, turned out to be way more than expected and essential to Cherokee County’s most needy at this unthinkable time,” he said.
Liberty Elementary School’s Student Leadership Team and sponsor, teacher Stacy Campbell.
Liberty ES teacher Stacy Campbell, sponsor of the Student Leadership Team, left, unloads Liberty ES donations at Cherokee HS with Cherokee HS Assistant Principal Liz Spell, who oversees its Care Pantry.