On Tuesday, January 14th, 3rd grade visited Comfort Cases in Rockville, MD as part their service learning project for children in foster care.
Comfort Cases is an organization that works with communities to bring dignity and hope to youth in foster care. 3rd grade students learned that there are almost half a million children in foster care in the United States and often these children are leaving their homes with nothing but the clothes on their back and a trash bag for their few personal items. Prior to our visit to Comfort Cases, students had been thoughtfully gathering donations, even going so far as to include pajamas and backpacks on their Christmas lists. We are constantly reminded of the selfless, kind nature of all of our students.
Comfort Cases provides these children with a backpack that is all their own, filled with a new set of pajamas, a blanket, a stuffed animal, toiletries, and a book picked out just for them. By the end of January, Comfort Cases will have delivered 100,000 backpacks to children in need and 15 of those bags were hand-packed by our 3rd grade students. During our visit to Comfort Cases students packed bags, organized ribbon, sorted pajamas, and decorated bookmarks. The founder of Comfort Cases, Rob Scheer, even made a surprise visit and spoke with our students about his life growing up in foster care and how his 5 children he adopted out of foster care inspired the mission for Comfort Cases.
Our students left Comfort Cases inspired to be leaders in their community to help children in foster care as they continue to gather donations and plan to return with their families to volunteer again. As Rob Scheer told them, just one small act can have a lasting impact on the world.
- Grade 3
- Service Learning