Each year, Lamplighter third and fourth grade students take part in an outreach project to support Family Gateway, a homeless shelter for families in downtown Dallas. LPA Community Outreach Co-Chairs organize early morning gatherings where students work together to assemble lunch and snack bags for children at the shelter. Fourth graders participated in this initiative in November, while third graders took part in January.
In advance of the event for third grade students, Kendall Brown, Director of Marketing and Youth Engagement at Family Gateway, came to Lamplighter to speak to the students about the shelter and the impact of their contributions. Students were quite inquisitive about the shelter and what life is like for the families it serves. The gathering with Ms. Brown helped provide context for the students around the community service initiative in advance of their hands-on work.
At the completion of this year’s project, Lamplighter was able to provide over 800 lunch and snack bags to Family Gateway. A special thank you to the 2018-2019 Community Outreach Co-Chairs, Justine Pokorski and Daphna Yoffe, and to the numerous parent volunteers who donated food and drink items, assisted the students during assembly days, and delivered the completed bags to Family Gateway.