Red Level students donate to Kellen
Published 12:10 am Thursday, February 25, 2016
Students at Red Level High School and Red Level Elementary School joined together to raise $2,100 for a local boy battling cancer.
Tori Adams, teacher at RLHS, said Wednesday that the schools join together each year during Random Acts of Kindness Week.
“Last year, we chose to help the Child Advocacy Center, and we donated $1,500 to give to the organization. This year, we chose Kellen Findley and his family. The students had heard about Kellen’s battle with cancer and his home burning, and they knew he was someone they wanted to help.”
Adams said to raise money for the donations, they planned a seniors vs. faculty basketball game and charged $1 admission.
“Additionally, we have students donate items for concessions and sell those during the game. The students really came through and brought in a great deal of donated items. Community members even came and watched the game to offer their support for Kellen and his family,” she said.
Students raised $2,100, a feat student council president Donnamy Steele was proud of.
“I am so proud to see our school raise money to help a family in need,” she said. “It felt so good to know that we helped his family.”
Adams said that through this project students are able to learn the gift of giving and they come to understand how great it feels to do kind things for others.
“Random Acts of Kindess is part of the Character at Heart program in Covington County,” she said. “Character coordinators Leah Grimes and I organize the events for this project. In addition to helping Kellen’s family, students participated in dress-up days to celebrate the week, and they were taught lessons on kindness.”