During the Mayor’s Week of Compassionate Service, Jan. 16-24, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price is calling on families, business leaders, faith institutions, non-profits, neighborhoods, schools and individuals from across Tarrant County to create, organize and initiate volunteer projects of your choice throughout the week. The Carroll Dragons have accepted Mayor Price’s challenge for compassionate service, but as a core value of Carroll ISD, our Dragon students participate in service projects throughout the entire year.
In 2014, the Fort Worth City Council signed the International Charter for Compassion, designating Fort Worth as a Compassionate City. The mayor believes that, “actions motivated by the Golden Rule, ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you,’ will help us become an even greater and more compassionate city.” Several members of the Mayor’s Faith Leaders Cabinet steward our city of Building Bridges for a More Compassionate Fort Worth, built on the three values of Volunteerism, Unity and Abundance. So far there are over 80 groups that will be participating in over 100 acts of service.
Compassionate service is one of the six core values carried out by Dragon students throughout the entire year, but in accordance with the Mayor’s challenge, each Carroll campus is going the extra mile to exemplify compassionate service within their community. Take a look at how each Carroll ISD campus is compassionately serving in their communities.
Students at Carroll Elementary recently hosted and contributed to a canned food drive supporting Christmas is for Children, where they gatherd almost 500 canned goods.
Johnson Elementary students collected money to purchase gift baskets for the campus cafeteria and custodial staff members.
Old Union Elementary
Old Union recently partnered with the Fort Worth homeless shelter Union Gospel Mission to provide “Blessing Bags” for the homeless during the cold winter season. The students collected toiletry items, coats, hats, gloves and other winter weather gear, and included handwritten notes for the recipients.
Rockenbaugh Elementary is hosting a creative fundraiser “Pajama Day…Wear a Pair, Bring a Pair” on Friday, Jan. 29. In order to wear pajamas to school that day, students are asked to also bring a pair of new pajamas size 3 mos. – 12 years and/or a bedtime book to school. These donations will benefit the children in need in this community.
Walnut Grove Elementary
Walnut Grove students recently assembled Blessing Bags, which were for students who needed nutritious snacks over the holiday break with the absence of school provided meals.
The Durham Ambassadors, a student group that focuses on compassionate service in their school, community, and around the world, raised $500 through a fundraiser for the Gatehouse, a women’s shelter in Grapevine. Students could purchase paper leaves and write notes of thanks to family, friends, teachers, etc., and these leaves were then placed on the Thankful Tree display.
Students at Eubanks are current hosting a sock drive for homeless students in Dallas Independent School District.
The CMS Cross Country team recently sorted food at the Tarrant Area Food Bank, which distributes food to over 300 hunger-relief agencies and programs in Fort Worth and 13 surrounding counties of north central Texas.
The students at Dawson Middle school are hosting a collection drive for the homeless population of Fort Worth. From now until January 29th they are collecting new or gently used coats, scarves, hats, gloves, blankets and backpacks to be donated to the Fort Worth homeless shelter Union Gospel Mission.
The students at Carroll High School are showing compassionate service both in their community, and even within the walls of their own school. The CHS Student Council is treating all custodians and cafeteria worker to a lunch to honor their service, and the student body is collecting shoes for those in need.
Carroll Senior High
Organized by the National Honor Society, CSHS collected 1,275 boxes of cereal to donate to the Battered Women’s Foundation.