Carver Middle School Steps Up for Care Lodge

Carver Middle School students took the time to raise money and donations to help those struggling to leave behind an abusive relationship.

Students were able to donate a crib, high chair, numerous amounts of clothing, food, and other necessities for families in need.

Stemming from a teacher advisory program suggestion, the students made an impact in the lives of strangers.

"So many of the victims that come to Care Lodge come to us literally with only the clothes on their back," said Diane Mills, community coordinator for Care Lodge.

While these students don't know who they will help, the donation they have made will mean a whole lot to a domestic violence victim.

"It also shows them that the community cares about them," Mills said. "I always explain it as it just feels like the whole community is just giving them a hug when they see that the community is worried about their future and wants to help support them in their new life."

Care Lodge helps victims of domestic violence make that transition, and the family atmosphere that the victims long for is exemplified in the school environment of Carver Middle School.

"One of the most important things we're trying to do here at Carver is create a family atmosphere," said Tiffany Plott, principal of Carver Middle School. "We talk about that every day, that we're part of a family when we walk through these doors. And one of the best things that we can do is we can help other families in our community and show them what we are all about here."

The students took the family mentality to heart by not just asking their own families, but their church families and any other family they were a part of to help them help others.

"And so, I kind of tell Miss Plott to write a letter to my church so I could help out," said Jadarius Cole, 7th grader.

"The Carver Middle School students want to take out the time to show that we can make a positive stride instead of a negative stride," said Briana Porter, 7th grader. "And I think that everyone can make the same change that we made."

In all, two van loads of donations were given to Care Lodge. The signs that students walk past every day in school may not even register mentally with students, but will with those who receive help.


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