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Throughout November and December, students at every building partiicpated in community service projects. Here is a listing of the projects:​

Anderson Grove

Anderson Grove Students Collect Winter Items
The students of Anderson Grove collected nearly one hundred and seventy seven (177) new unwrapped hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, and 115 toys for children of all ages for the annual Anderson Grove Giving Tree.  When students brought their items to school they placed them under the Giving Tree in the lobby and then wrote their name on a paper ornament and hung it on the Giving Tree.  The items collected were donated to Heartland Family Services. This event is being sponsored by the kindergarten, first and second grade classes.   This is a great opportunity for the students to give back to others.


Anderson Grove 2nd Graders Make Blankets for Heartland Family Services
            The second graders at Anderson Grove spent time recently making blankets for others. Instead of a holiday gift for the classroom, students asked their parents to donate the money towards a class community service project. The students used the money to buy fleece for blankets. The students then made 5 blankets and donated them to Children’s Hospital for families that are staying there. 


Photo: Anderson Grove 2nd grade students in Ms. Driscoll’s class show off the five blankets they recently made for Children’s Hospital.


Bell Third Graders Donate to Tri-City Food Pantry
            In November, the third grade classrooms at Bell Elementary collected pennies for a classroom activity. Once the class was done using the pennies for learning, they decided to donate them to the Tri-City Food Pantry. All together the students donated $36.

Bell Student Council Members Help Others
            In October, the Bell Student Council held a fundraiser for student council shirts. When there was money left over from their purchase, the students decided they wanted to adopt-a-family for the holidays. The family is going through a difficult time and needs extra help this holiday season. In addition to adopting-a-family, the students have also been writing holiday cards to residents at Hillcrest Retirement Center.


Photo: Bell Student Council members wrap presents for their adopt-a-family.

Carriage Hill
Carriage Hill Students Collect Winter Items
            The students at Carriage Hill collected coins and toiletry items for those less fortunate in the community.   Overall the students collected 70 packages of items and $418.74 that was donated to the Tri-City Food Pantry.


Photo: Carriage Hill students (left to right) Laramie Walker, Lexi Spire, T.J. Stanek, and Joe Murphy show off some of the toiletry items they have collected for the Tri-City Food Pantry.

G. Stanley Hall
G. Stanley Hall Students Collected Diapers for Lydia House
            The students at G. Stanley Hall collected 778 diapers at their school for families in need.  All diapers collected were donated to the Channel 94.1 Diaper Drive that benefits the Lydia House. The student council sponsored the drive.

Hickory Hill
Hickory Hill Students Help the Humane Society
           Hickory Hill students brought blankets, towels, leashes, dog treats and cat toys to school with them to donate to the humane society. The school collected over 682 items to donate to the Nebraska Humane Society. The Hickory Hill sixth grade students completed this activity instead of having a winter classroom party.


Photo: Hickory Hill 6th grade students show of the over 682 items they collected and donated to the Nebraska Humane Society.

La Vista West
La Vista West Students Collect Personal Care Items
In December, students at La Vista West brought over 300 personal care items to school with them. Students collected soap, toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant and other personal care items for those in need. The collected items were packaged together for families in need and donated to the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry. The students all made 100 treat bags for the pantry to hand out with the care packages they created. This was a great opportunity for the students to give back to others.


Parkview Heights
Parkview Heights Students Host Canned Food Drive
            Students at Parkview Heights recently held an all-school food drive. The students collected 1,511 canned food items and donated them to the Tri-City Food Pantry. The activity was sponsored by the Parkview Heights student council.

Photo: Parkview Heights student council members Avree Zelasney (left) and Taylor Graber (bottom right) load canned food items on to a truck to be donated with the help of fellow students Anthony Belfiore and Nick Sells.

Patriot Elementary Families Give to Others
            Patriot Elementary families gathered together for some holiday spirit and giving.  While families gathered for cocoa and cookies, they also had the opportunity to select from the Patriot Elementary giving tree. 
Each “ornament” on the giving tree had gift ideas requested by five Papillion-La Vista School District families and residents of Monarch Villa.  The giving trees allow Patriot Elementary families the opportunity to help provide holiday meals, household necessities and gifts for those on the giving tree.  The families on the giving tree are going through difficult circumstances and do not have the opportunity to enjoy the holiday season like everyone else without assistance.

Portal Students Collect Socks and Snacks Drive for Open Door Mission
            During the week of November 17-21, the students at Portal brought socks with them to school. Each morning the students placed the items in a collection box as they entered the building. The students collected over 380 pairs of socks. The students then filled the socks with treats and donated them to the Open Door Mission.  The socks and snack drive was sponsored by the Portal Girl Scout troop #42425.


Rumsey Station

Rumsey Station Hosts Canned Food Drive
            Students at Rumsey Station Elementary collected 1,785 canned food and nonperishable items during an all school canned food drive. All the collected items were donated to the Tri-City Food Pantry. This is a great way for the students to learn about helping others in the community.


Photo: Rumsey Station students Abby Jensen (left) and Anna Leenerts (right) organize boxes of canned food items to be delivered to the Tri-City Food Pantry.

Tara Heights
Tara Heights Student Council Donate Items to Local Charities
The Tara Heights Student Council visited local charities on Tuesday, December 2 to deliver the food that Tara Heights students collected. The students traveled to the Tri-City Food Pantry were they donated 1,200 canned and non-perishable food items. Students also had the opportunity to take a tour and learn about the facility. The students then traveled to the Bellevue pantry where the donated another 1,200 canned food and non-perishable food items. They helped to stock shelves and learned about the facility.

Photo: Tara Heights students Kennedy Woodle (left) & Dylan Booth (right) carry a box of canned food items that will be donated to the Bellevue Pantry. The students collected nearly 2,500 items that they donated to local pantries.  

Trumble Park
Trumble Park Kids Care Crew Collect Books and Pajamas for Families In Need
            Students at Trumble Park collected approximately 160 books and pajamas throughout the month of December. The students participated in an all-school bedtime story pajama drive for Heartland Family Services sponsored by the Trumble Park Kids Care Crew.

Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek Kiwanis Kids Collect Toys for “Project Santa”
            The students of the Walnut Creek Kiwanis Kids (K-Kids Club) asked their fellow classmates to help them collect toys for the less fortunate.  The K-Kids club is sponsored by the Golden K Kiwanis of Omaha and they work closely with the students all year.  Each year the Kiwanis group strives to help others in the community.  The group collected 180 toys that were donated to the Open Door Mission “Santa Project” that gives toys to kids whose families are going through rough times.


Photo: Walnut Creek students of the K-Kids Club show off the over 180 toys that they collected and donated to the Open Door Mission “Santa Project”


Walnut Creek Students Donate Coats to Open Door Mission
            The students at Walnut Creek recently collected new and use coats in all sizes. The 50 collected coats were donated to the Open Door Mission.



La Vista Junior High Students participate in “Toys for Tots”

            The students at La Vista Junior High brought toys to donate to the National Junior Honor Society’s annual “Toys for Tots” campaign. “Toys for Tots” is a campaign, run by the United States Marine Corps, which collects new toys and distributes them to needy children in the community.  Approximately 240 toys were collected during the drive.


LVJH Champions Team Celebrates Winterland of Hope
            On December 9, the Champions team at La Vista Junior High began displaying a “Winterland of Hope.” There was a display full of snowflakes, with each one listing items needed by Carole’s House of Hope, an organization that provides housing support to young women and mothers ages 19-24 as they transition to independence. Students were able to each pick a snowflake and purchase the item requested. The students returned all items, wrapped them and then staff delivered them.

LVJH NIKKE Club Sponsors “Adopt-A-Family”
Students of the La Vista Junior High NIKKE Club adopted a family in need this holiday season. The students held fundraisers throughout the first semester to raise money. The proceeds from the fundraisers went to purchasing items for the adopt-a-families. The students planned out a budget, went shopping and wrapped the presents.  

PJH Olympian Team Adopts Families for Thanksgiving Meals

            Each year the Papillion Junior High 8th grade Olympian Team adopts five families for the Thanksgiving season. The students created a menu for each of the families and provided the ingredients for those recipes. From Monday, November 10 through Friday, November 21, students each brought $1 to donate to the purchase of a turkey for each family. Students also brought in nonperishable food items to be used in the menu that was planned out.  The items were then donated to families in the PLSD that may not otherwise have a traditional thanksgiving meal.


PJH Students Sold Lollies for Jolly
            The seventh grade students at Papillion Junior High sold lollipops in early December. The $400 raised was used to help PJH families in need.




PLHS Foods and Nutrition 1 Classes Bake Pumpkin Pies for Open Door Mission
The week prior to Thanksgiving, Papillion-La Vista High School students in Foods and Nutrition 1 class baked 12 homemade pumpkin pies. The pies were donated to the Open Door Mission as part of the Ladles of Love event.


PLHS Culinary Club Donates Thanksgiving Meal to Domestic Violence Victims
The Culinary Club at PLHS collected ingredients and then cooked a Thanksgiving meal. The students then donated the meal to a secure Domestic Violence Shelter.


PLHS HOSA Students Host Blood Drive
In November, the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) students from Papillion-La Vista High School held a blood drive. The drive collected 100 units for the American Red Cross.


PLHS Students and Staff Adopt 25 Families
            The students and staff at Papillion-La Vista High School adopted 25 families to support for the holidays. Twenty-five clubs and classrooms got together to each adopt a family, and in some cases two families. The students purchased items that the family needed like clothing and toys as well as gas and grocery gift cards. The students brought the wrapped items to school with them for the school social worker to deliver.


Photo: PLHS Play Production class shows off the items they donated for their adopt-a-family.


PLHS Student Council Makes Blankets for Those In Need
            Students of the Papillion-La Vista High School student council hand-made over 40 blankets for Project Linus. Project Linus provides blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need of handmade blankets.


Photo: PLHS Student Council members (left to right) Cole Wilson, Jake Sykora, Trevor Lewis make blankets for Project Linus.


PLHS Student Council Assist Trinity Village with Holiday Decorations

 Photo: Members of the PLHS student council helped the Trinity Village retirement home put up their holiday decoartions. Members Hailey Weisbeck (floor) and Makenzi Zikas (right) stand with resident Barb LaPour (left) after they are done decorating.


PLHS DECA Hosts Volleyball Tournament to Benefit Others
            In late November, the PLHS DECA club held a volleyball tournament for students and staff. The event was held to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, which raises money for childhood cancer research and to support families dealing with childhood cancer. Over 150 individuals participated and the group raised approximately $350 which was donated to the cause.

Photo: Participants of the DECA Volleyball Tournament pause in between games for a photo.


PLHS Key Club Helps Others in the Community
            Throughout November and December, members of the PLHS Key Club have been helping out in the community in a variety of ways. The students spent time at the Timberlake Outreach Center that is part of the Open Door Mission. Students organized clothing and household items so “shoppers” could find items more quickly. The students also collected hundreds of plastic bags for the Eliminate Project which works to fund vaccines for Maternal Neonatal Tetanus. The students raised enough money to fund 200 vaccines and the plastic bags will be used by Eliminate Project to make 10-15 plastic weaved mats that are used for medical purposes in developing countries.

PLSHS Students and Staff Adopt PLSD Families
            The students and staff at Papillion-La Vista South High School adopted 16 families to support for the holidays. Several clubs and organizations at PLSHS got together to each adopt a family, and in some cases two families. The students purchased items that the family needed like clothing and toys as well as gas and grocery gift cards. The students brought the items to school with them for the school social worker to deliver to families.


PLSHS DECA Members Host Canned Food Drive
            In late November, members of the PLSHS DECA club held a fun-filled evening while supporting a good cause. PLSHS DECA students donated 10 non-perishable or canned food items, and in return they were able play games at Papio Fun Park for no charge. They invited other PLSHS to join them. All together the students collected approximately 200 items that were donated to the Tri-City Food Pantry. This was a great opportunity for the students to help support others in need in the community.


PLSHS Knitting Club Makes Blankets for Children’s Hospital

Photo: Members of the PLSHS Knitting Club who off one of the 19 blankets they made for Children’s Hospital. Picture is (left to right) Julie Albergucci, Kyle Safranek, Ashlie Armstrong and Kacy Leuck.


PLSHS Theatre Students Help with North Pole Project

Members of the PLSHS Theatre volunteered their time as the Pinnacle Bank North Pole project, which gives out gifts to underprivileged kids. The students dressed up as Santa and his elves and helped hand out presents.



PLSHS Student Council Sell Yuda Bands
Throughout December, the PLSHS student council sold Yuda Bands to help send students in Guatemala to school. For every 175 bands sold, a year of school is provided for a child. They sold over 200 bands.



IDEAL Students Collect Items for Heartland Family Services
            Photo: The students at the IDEAL School donate the 75 towels they collected recently to Heartland Family Services. Students (left to right) Denay Billups, Kaitlyn Ashby, Nancy Kneifl (teacher), Leah Wayman, James Hunter (Ollie Webb teacher), Chris Barbee, and Heartland Family Services Donation Center Specialist Michelle Stuck show off the towels collected.

Zoo Academy
PLSD Zoo Academy Hosts Canned Food Drive
            Students at the PLSD Zoo Academy collected 214 canned food and nonperishable items during an all school canned food drive. All the collected items were donated to the Open Door Mission. This is a great way for the students to learn about helping others in the community.





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