Meadow Pond Elementary School’s Kindness Club is all about giving back.
“Teacher Joanne Lewis and I work with students at Meadow Pond in grades three to five doing community services projects each year,” said teacher Jane Corace. “This year, the students in my class were able to help stuff the backpacks for Front of the Class.”
Bill McCormick, a KLSD parent and president of non-profit organization Front of the Class, partnered with his son Matt’s fourth-grade class to stuff backpacks this year.
“When he approached us to see if we were interested in helping, we jumped at the chance to lend a helping hand,” said Corace.
According to McCormick, the class’s efforts resulted in 100 backpacks filled with school supplies – all of which were donated to Boonville, New York’s Adirondack Central School District.
Adirondack High School Principal Heidi Smith said, “Even this late in the school year, there are kids without backpacks and school supplies.”
Tommy McCormick, a John Jay High School student, is also involved with Front of the Class as a board member.
“Front of the Class is great because it’s all about helping kids in need,” he said. “I hope to stay involved with the charity after graduation.”
Corace said her class was excited about giving back and Bill McCormick said the efforts were well-received.
“On behalf of Front of the Class, we want to thank Mrs. Corace’s class for volunteering to join our Backpack Brigade to stuff the backpacks,” he said. “The kids had so much fun. The Adirondack School District students are going to be thrilled to receive the backpacks and school supplies.”