BANGOR---The eighth graders at All Saints School in Bangor have displayed academic excellence and a commitment to serving as leaders to the younger students who look up to them.
On Tuesday, February 6, they will showcase another quality that defines them: empathy.
“In the past, the eighth graders have reached out to help the homeless and the elderly but, this year, the students really wanted to focus on kids their own age,” said Doug Fogg, a social studies teacher at All Saints School in Bangor. “For a service project, they decided to partner with Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine.”
Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine (AFFM) provides support services for adoptive and foster parents. AFFM provides the training, guidance, and resources needed to handle complex issues as families open their hearts and homes to children.
“AFFM let our students know the things that were most needed so they could put together backpacks full of supplies to help foster children as they adjust to new homes, new schools, and new lives,” said Fogg.
The students collected over $500 to fund the project and on Tuesday, February 6, the eighth graders will visit the Wal-Mart on 24 Walton Drive in Brewer from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. to shop for clothes, basic toiletries, and school supplies. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the students will assemble 20 care packages for foster children at the St. John Campus on 166 State Street in Bangor.
After the packages are complete, Travis Bryant of AFFFM will speak to the students about the foster care system before being presented with the packages at 12:30 p.m.
"We can teach our students all about their faith, all about love and kindness, but if we aren't putting those beliefs into positive action, it doesn't mean a great deal,” said Fogg. “We're proud of the students for identifying these needs and wanting to do something about it, and we hope these backpacks will help a lot of kids. Christ set the example of service. Hopefully, as our eighth graders move on to high school, service to their community will always be a part of their lives.”