Saturday, March 12, 2011
By SARAH FOOR
At North Elementary, the birthday of Dr. Seuss on March 2 had the students thinking a lot about birthdays and the joy that a great birthday party brings to young and old.
In order to bring that happiness to the less fortunate, the third- and fourth-graders at North assembled and delivered 48 birthday boxes to the Beatitude House in Youngstown.
The project began last year, but became one of the first orders of business when Jo-Anne Kaschak became principal on March 1.
“Everyone has a birthday, but not everyone has the means to celebrate it every year,” said Kaschak of the program. “We provide a party in a box, even though it’s simply a cake mix, frosting, plates and some decorations. We just want the kids of the Beatitude House to celebrate in style.”
The students delivered 40 birthday boxes that Beatitude stored and handed out throughout the last year. On March 4, North surpassed last year’s total with 48 boxes. Although the project is currently assisting Mahoning County, Kaschak hopes to branch out to Trumbull and Ashtabula County shelters in the future.
North secretary Nacy Marrow has a long history of volunteering with Beatitude House and helped the students package their birthday boxes.
“It’s really a wonderful service project,” she said. “It helps the kids think differently about how they can help others. It reminds them that the little moments in life make a big impact.”