As one of the six Core Values of Carroll ISD, Compassionate Service has been in full swing by the CISD community this holiday season.
Accompanied by Excellence, Relationships, Integrity, Innovation and Open & Honest Communication, Compassionate Service is the newest addition to the core values, but has had no delay in becoming an integral part of the community in Carroll ISD. This holiday season, students, families and staff in Carroll have gone above and beyond to give back in the community to those in need, representing what Compassionate Service is all about.
From kindergarten all the way up to the Carroll Senior High School, compassionate service is at work at each of Carroll’s 11 campuses. Each campus is heavily involved in Christmas is for Children, a program that combines food drives and a gift drive for local families in need during the holiday season. Christmas is for Children became an important part of the holiday season in the district over 10 years ago, and is now fully integrated on all the campuses.
Carroll ISD also recently finalized the annual Pink Out initiative, a yearly effort by the Carroll students, faculty, families and community members. During the month of October, staff members were able to donate to Susan G. Komen in order to wear jeans once a week.
During the annual Pink Out football game, the Pink Out Pass the Bucket initiative, which was open to all fans at the game, raised almost $2,500. Through a combination of the Pass the Bucket donations, as well as those made at the campus level and the auctioning off of the Community Box for the Pink Out football game, Carroll ISD was able to make a donation of over $6,500 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Another annual tradition within CISD that exhibits the core value of Compassionate Service is the Dawson Middle School Helping Hands Day. Each year, all of the Dawson Middle School students head out into the community to spend a day doing service projects alongside their teachers. From food banks to local shelters, these middle schoolers learn the importance of serving their community with hands on projects such as sorting food and clothing donations, to yard work and land beautification projects.
Eubanks Intermediate got creative with its recent service project ideas by promoting a food drive competition between 5th and 6th grader. This competition coincided with a #12DaysOfKindness initiative at Eubanks that included the food drive and various other encouragement projects between students and staff.
In addition to the campus level activities, the English as a Second Language Department at Carroll hosted a district-wide warm clothing drive to contribute to the efforts of Phillip’s Wish, a local non-profit that provides warm clothes to those in need during the colder months. The organization started due to young boy deciding to help the homeless people in the FW area, including his own father.
The ESL department has been taking donations at each campus and the administration center for weeks, and will donate their entire collection to the homeless in need through Phillip’s Wish.
The Carroll Dragon Baseball program also helped support Phillip’s Wish with a winter glove donation drive. The Dragons (grades 9-12) collected 722 pairs of warm gloves for the homeless community in the Fort Worth area. The team donated the gloves last Saturday to the organization.
In the few years that Compassionate Service has been one of the six core values at Carroll, it has come to play an important role in the community. The actions and attitudes of CISD students and staff this holiday season is evidence that this core value has made its way into the culture of Carroll.