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Kids in service

Clara Cummings picks out toothpaste to put in the bag for Grace Centers of Hope. (click for larger version)
March 26, 2014 - The halls were empty at Independence Elementary last Thursday as the classrooms were full of activity as the entire school participated in the 11th Annual S.O.C.K.S. (Serving Our Community Kids Style).

Each year the Academic Service Learning Project gets bigger and this year was no different as the school impacted the lives of 500 people and 200 animals.

Each grade helped out in there own way and helped out a different organization.

Young Fives students painted 50 stones, created 100 nesting bags and planted 150 vegetable seedlings to donate to the school's new Learning Garden. For the Independence Township Senior Center they made 150 bird and butterfly seed balls.

Kindergarten students made and donated 124 bags with over 900 items for Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac.

The first graders created and donated over 130 toys for area animals. They also designed and decorated 100 bandanas for the Michigan Humane Society. They donated over $200 to Paws with a Cause, raised through a pop can drive.

The second grade classes wrote letters of encouragement, made a good luck charm , and donated, assembled and shipped over 63 care packages filled with candy, letters, eye drops and more for those serving our country with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

The third graders donated over 150 containers filled with over 600 muffins for seniors through Meals on Wheels in Clarkston and Waterford.

The fourth graders cut, knoted, and made 45 fleece blankets for pediatric cancer patients of the Children's Miracle Network at Beaumont Children's Hospital.

For their last S.O.C.K.S day, the fifth graders played games, demonstrated technology and got to know over 50 senior citizens from the community.

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