For two weeks the third grade students at Willow Bend received a unique perspective on what it means to be a hero. Typically when you say hero you think of our first responders, service men and women and for some even a celebrity or sports figure. All of these are more than true, but what happens when you expand that list even further?
To kick-off heroes week the students were visited by the Salvation Army and their mobile unit. The students learned all about the Salvation Army and who they serve, especially during this time of year. The students learned about the bell ringers that can be found outside of most stores during the holiday season, what the money goes toward and got to take an up close and personal look at the mobile unit.
Another visitor that stopped by for the students was Jax, the Ronald McDonald House Chief Cheer Officer. Jax is a recent addition to the RMHC and lives at the facility 24/7. As parents and loved ones stay at the facility while their children are at the hospital, Jax gets to spend quality time with the families and bring a little joy to their lives.
The Red Cross also made an appearance for the students talking about the disaster relief they provide not only to our community but surrounding areas when called upon. They also discussed volunteer opportunities and classes that are offered through their organization to help prepare others to assist in a crisis situation or basic life-saving skills.
Thank you to these area non-profits for giving so selflessly of your time to better our community and educate our students on what it means to be a hero!