There were four 5th grade classes in our region that participated in Project Jack this year.

Students from Atlantic chose to give back to residents of Heritage House, a WesleyLife community. “I think this was a great opportunity for the students to experience something so positive while giving back to the nursing home and it’s residents. The students had a great time there and would love to go back and visit again.” – Principal James Northwick

Students from Jamie Meyer’s 5th grade class at Carroll Middle School created care packages for patients at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. The grant was one of 136 awarded around the state of Iowa. The students purchased books, games, cards and other items that will make a patient’s stay in the hospital more enjoyable.

Mrs. Koch’s 5th grade class in Schleswig chose a project of making care package bags for people undergoing chemotherapy at Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison. Students voted on the most important items to put in the bags, and then assembled them, including notes to help encourage the patients in their cancer journeys.

Mrs. Moeller’s 5th grade class at Schleswig School wanted to find a way to give back to their local community. They contacted an organization called Crossroads for Crawford County. They were given a list of individuals and families in need around the county. From the list, the 5th graders were able to choose five and create “care packages” with needed items by the individual or family.