Students at Fryelands Elementary welcomed new families to their community after a school-wide drive to purchase toys and games for the children’s room at Housing Hope’s Woods Creek Village.
“I wanted to make kids happier with toys,” said Emily Sandoval, 4th-grader and Fryelands Student Council President. The effort was sponsored by the student council, and all classes at the school participated.
Housing Hope is a program that provides affordable housing and supportive services to homeless and low-income families in Snohomish County. Woods Creek Village, located in Monroe, began with the rehabilitation of two existing four-plex buildings in 2008. Recently six brand new units have been added to the site, along with a community room, childcare room, and an office for the case manager.
“This is in our town,” said Traci Adams, Fryelands 2nd-grade teacher and student council advisor. “It hits close to home. The students were motivated to do things to help others their own age.”
“I like helping children who don’t have as many things as we do,” said Jenna Monson, student council secretary and 4th-grader. “I like helping get them some toys for them to play with.”
Housing Hope provided posters to advertise the drive that spurred the collection of more than $100. “They had pictures of kids on them and a map to show where the houses are,” said Skyler Witham, student council treasurer and 4th-grader. “We hung them up by the bathrooms and in the hallways.”
“We were so delighted to receive the funds from the schoolchildren of Fryelands,” said Loria Preston, Volunteer Outreach Coordinator of Housing Hope. “Not only will these resources help provide items for Woods Creek, but they’re a wonderful expression of generosity and compassion on the part of the students.”
Student council members are already making plans to continue to support the Woods Creek Village next year.