Don't have to be big to make big impact on community

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- When 5th graders at one local elementary school were asked to put together a community service project, a group of them decided they wanted to help families in need. Monday, they showed just how much of a difference kids can make.

With little help from their teacher, students at Pomona Elementary helped organize a winter coat and clothing drive at their school.

"We thought it was important because the homeless people are really cold over the winter," said Noah Flores, a 5th grader who helped organize the drive.

"We know how it feels to be cold and we have jackets and everything," said Sierra Martinez, who also helped organize the drive. "So we thought it might be even colder for them."

They made posters promoting the drive, visited classrooms to tell other students about it, and asked the principal if they could go over the loudspeaker to encourage kids to participate.

Monday afternoon, they delivered more than 75 bags full of clothes to the Adventist Community Center, which works with families in need.

The kids say they were pleased with the response.

"We thought there would only be a couple of bags," said Taylor Rubalcaba, a 5th grader who helped organize the drive. "But we got almost a hundred."

"The bags were heavy," said 5th grader Sebastian Campbell. "There were a lot of them."

"It's just a lot," said 5th grader Brendon Anderson. "We didn't expect this many clothes. They brought in a lot more than we expected."

The kids say they stored the clothes in a shed at the school -- and by the end of the drive, the pile reached the roof. It took four vehicles to bring all the bags to the Adventist Community Center.


You must be logged in to post comments.

Username:
Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
  • by Grumpy on Nov 9, 2011 at 09:09 AM
    Did the kids spontaneously decide on this particular project? Or were they nudged a bit here and there until the teacher decided that this particular idea was good enough to act on? The kids were being taught charity which is the sole responsibility of the PARENTS!
  • by Grumpy on Nov 9, 2011 at 09:09 AM
    Did the kids spontaneously decide on this particular project? Or were they nudged a bit here and there until the teacher decided that this particular idea was good enough to act on? The kids were being taught charity which is the sole responsibility of the PARENTS!
  • by N on Nov 9, 2011 at 07:00 AM
    The complaints about this story are not about the fact that the kids did this kind and generous act. The problem is that the kids did it during school hours. We hear all the time that we need more teachers and more aides. The schools need to focus more on education and less on social programs. I commend these kind kids for being so generous, but the time to do this is after school. Take the time away from the video games, not the school books. All that aside, I still give my congratulations to the kids.
  • by Mother of Two Location: Grand Junction on Nov 8, 2011 at 02:47 PM
    This is a heart warming story. Why do we have such negativity about this sort of thing. Maybe you would understand if your family ever needed help. These kids did a wonderful thing. They needed to be commended. The teacher also. I wish all schools did something to help out the community. Look at what some of these kiddos have to wear to school. It's sad that some are trying to better the whole community and teach kids about giving. And others would rather complain about it.
    • reply
      by Hahaha on Nov 8, 2011 at 03:29 PM in reply to Mother of Two
      It's unfortunate that you'd rather have a "heart warming story" than kids who can read, write, spell and do math. Madam, you are part of the problem. It is YOUR job to help the unfortunate, not your child's job. It is their job to learn, so that when they are older they can take care of themselves, their families and society in general (in that order).
      • reply
        by Congratulations on Nov 8, 2011 at 07:01 PM in reply to Hahaha
        Do tell, Haha, what have you done for your community? Do you realize the kids are very proud of their hard work and likely reading the comments and having to read drivel from someone with a chip on his shoulder condemning their contribution? What a black cloud you are. And no, I'm not a teacher. I'm a citizen of this community and I am glad to see that some adults here want the kids to learn to think of others at times and not just themselves. I wouldn't want them to turn out as jaded as yourself!
  • by Hahaha on Nov 8, 2011 at 11:04 AM
    Yeah, this is much more fun than learning useful things like English, maths, or real science. If any reader wants to understand why District 51's pay increase got voted down by almost 2:1, go back and read this story and think about what schools are supposed to be doing.
    • reply
      by Congratulations KIDS on Nov 8, 2011 at 01:57 PM in reply to Hahaha
      I thought this story was about kids helping others. Try re-reading the story and commenting on the content presented.
      • reply
        by Hahaha on Nov 8, 2011 at 03:27 PM in reply to Congratulations KIDS
        Ah, you must be a teacher to post such a pedantic reply. It doesn't matter if the children were doing a good job or a poor job, the real issue with education is that they are doing the WRONG job. Unfortunately, the "professionals" involved have lost all perspective. The teacher and the principal for the subject class should be the first ones on the layoff list. They might be replaced by competent educators and they could then be free to make that career change into social welfare.
        • reply
          by Congratulations on Nov 8, 2011 at 06:56 PM in reply to Hahaha
          Ahh, I see the problem now. You were passed over for a teacher's position because of your tunnel vision to work your own agenda. If you can do so much better, why don't you open your own education system?
  • by Congratulations! on Nov 8, 2011 at 09:37 AM
    Keep up the good work, kids! If only adults could be as compassionate and caring as our young people. Thank you!
KKCO NBC 11 News
2531 Blichmann Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81505

Station Phone: 970.243.1111
Business Fax: 970.243.1770
Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793
News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 133421508 - nbc11news.com/a?a=133421508
Gray Television, Inc.