Building Men Students Help the Homeless

     Published on 2/22/16   Tagged under:    District News    Clary Middle School    HW Smith K-8 School    McKinley-Brighton Elementary School   

Young men throughout the SCSD spent their school break helping the homeless, thanks to the Building Men program, now in action in 11 schools.
As part of their mid-winter community service project, students from McKinley-Brighton, Clary and H.W. Smith, as well as program alumni who now attend Corcoran and ITC, made 150 lunches for the Catholic Charities Oxford Homeless Shelter.
The project hit close to home for many, with a group of the students remembering a tour of the shelter they took earlier in the school year.
“It was a rough place to be in,” Clary eighth grader Leonere Niyukuri recalled. “It would be hard to sleep there.”
Building Men program director Joe Horan said he helps students focus on the acronym SIR—significance, integrity and relationships. The community service project focusing on the Oxford Shelter is intended to help engrain the importance of these values in students’ minds.
“We have been helping the students remember that how you look on the outside doesn’t change who you are as a person,” Mr. Horan said. “Doing something for others that is significant—like making these lunches—is important.”
Students worked in an assembly line type setup to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and pack them with chips, cookies, granola bars and juice. The finishing touch? A hand-written letter of encouragement, penned by each of the students.
‘Stay strong,’ one letter read. ‘God is going to bless you,’ said another. ‘Keep doing what you’re doing,’ another student encouraged.
“It feels good to be doing something good for someone else,” Clary eighth grader Andre Wright said.
Thank you to all of these students who gave their time over break to help others in need!