Barka kids really care

Popular club filled with holiday spirit

By Julie Huss [email protected] The Derry News Thu Dec 16, 2010, 11:31 AM EST

DERRY — Kids care a lot these days at Ernest P. Barka Elementary School.

At a recent meeting of the school’s Kids Care Club, children were busy creating holiday baskets for families in need.

This attention to community service work is what the Kids Care Club is all about, according to organizer and Barka teacher Mary Ellen Stella, who began the club at Barka, after starting a similar club at Grinnell School years ago.

With about 95 student members and growing, the club is one of the busiest and most popular at Barka.

Last week, club members heard from parent volunteer and Families in Transition – New Horizons staffer Stephanie Savard how much their baskets will help families this holiday season.

Savard’s daughter, Mackenzie is a Kids Care Club member. The entire Savard family was honored last February and represented New Hampshire on a Disney trip to celebrate families who volunteer.

Baskets filled at Barka will help families transitioning into homes by providing food, towels, silverware and other household essentials.

“You all brought wonderful items,” teacher Stella told the children.

Kids Care donations in the past have included food, books and special backpacks filled with school and art supplies for children in foster care.

Stella said she is proud of her children and the work they do to spread friendship and joy to children who need it the most.

Kids Care Club is a program under the Points of Light and Hands Network, providing opportunities for elementary and middle school children to develop compassion while volunteering in the community to help others.

The Barka club received a Kids Care Club 2010 $250 mini-grant recently to continue its mission to help others in the area.

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