By Norma Richman
As the Thanksgiving holiday approached, High Point Academy’s youngest students (Class of 2026) reprised a Kindergarten tradition of kindness and charity. The children learned the value of giving to those less fortunate and a sense of empowerment, as well, while collecting new and gently-used coats and sweaters for the local charity Families in Transition.
Large packing boxes were lovingly decorated by these young volunteers and then packed with dozens of outer garments for children in need. These gigantic gift boxes were bigger than the kids, but that didn’t stop them!
Reflecting on the experience of learning about their place in the world, Alex Carmichael, age 5, said, “Kids might feel happy because they’re going to get a jacket and get warm.”
Lauren Bae, 5, added: “It might help kids because they don’t have money. It was for some kids that don’t have a jacket and now they could get ready for winter.”
“I collected jackets and decorated the box for people who have kids and don’t have jackets. The reason why I liked doing this is because the kids will feel happy,” explained six-year-old Kaden Kim.
Finally, Marin Houang, 5, summed up the lesson this way: “I collected the sweaters to give to the poor because they don’t have sweaters. So now they won’t get sick.”
…a new batch of students and a new lesson in generosity.