This school year, Durham Intermediate School started a new service group program called Durham Ambassadors. Last year, fifth graders submitted applications and the teachers chose the group to serve the school and be “ambassadors” of the school for the current 2013-2014 school year. Ambassador duties include: greeters at the front doors, help at parent nights and service projects.
The group recently finished The Pulsera Project- a fundraiser for homeless individuals living in Nicaragua. The Pulsera Project is a nonprofit organization that takes unique, handcrafted woven bracelets (“pulsars”-in Spanish) made by impoverished youth in Nicaragua and ships them to groups, mostly schools, to sell for $5 each. All the funds go back to these young bracelet makers in Nicaragua to help support via youth shelters, scholarships, community programs and many other projects. The bracelets were well received at Durham and the Durham Ambassadors sold all 500 bracelets within a week, raising $2500.
For more information about the non-profit visit: www.pulseraproject.org.
The annual nationwide Shoes for Orphan Souls shoe drive started last month, and since that time DIS students collected 319 pairs of shoes, 1,1138 pairs of socks and over 200 pairs of laces. The donations were made during the three week community service project that ended Tuesday, Dec. 18.
“We have seen the smiles that a new pair of shoes brings to children in the orphanages we visit, and we want to extend that same joy to others like them” said Heather Weathers, Manager of Acquisitions and Shoes for Orphan Souls. “Because of Durham Intermediate’s commitment to this program, we can continue to increase the number of kids who will benefit.”
Weathers emphasized no donation is too small. “Most of the donations to the shoe drive have come from families giving one or two pairs of shoes. Every one pair of shoes makes a big difference to the child who receives them.” Donations from Durham will be combined with others from around the country. Organizers hope to collect more than 250,000 pairs of new shoes and socks, through the nationwide campaign. Since 1999, Buckner has sent more than 2.3 million pairs of new shoes to vulnerable children in 74 countries around the globe, including the United States.