The Holiday season is surrounded by so much stress that many forget the true meaning of the season: giving. Keeping this idea in mind, Barren County High School students decided to host a community outreach project.
Barren County High School is a school that believes helping students and community members in need is important, especially during the holiday season. Last year, Brad Johnson, principal, spent his Christmas giving meals to families in need with his own family. This helped to create a culture of giving back to the community at BCHS.
Barren County not only helps during the Holidays, but they also take pride in their care boxes, which are used all year. These are a testament to the slogan “Trojans helping Trojans”, an idea that has been spread throughout the high school.
“Part of our culture here is to look out for each other,” Xander Jones, senior, said.
On Dec. 17, Brad Johnson asked students to help pack items into boxes and get food ready. Students delivered the boxes to community members in need.
The students were more than happy to give their time for this project.
“Giving back is probably the best thing someone could do in their spare time,” Harlie Emmitt, senior, said. “This is the first step of many things we can do for the community.”
Although this project was on the first day of Christmas break, many students came to help, which really attests to the character of students in the school.
“I know the hearts of our kids and that they want to give,” Johnson added.
The students were excited to help the community, especially at such a taxing time.
“It’s really heartwarming to know that I could help families in need,” Jones added. “Knowing we helped at least a small portion of families that need food is a great experience.”
Students from all grades came together to give back to the community. Many were working and laughing alongside their friends as they were sorting items and packaging food.
“This school is definitely a family,” Emmitt said. “When you come together with friends and you do things for other people, it really makes you appreciate one another.”
The families in need felt happy to not only receive these items, but were also touched to see that it was teenagers that were doing most of the work.
“I think it’s good to see teenagers helping others,” Mae, a community member said. “It makes you feel cared about when you get a call saying you’re getting something brought over that you haven’t planned on, especially when you’ve been working for two days trying to figure out how things are going to get taken care of between paychecks.”
The project benefited 32 families. Some of these families were able to share with the students why this food was so helpful to them.
“It’s been really hard since my husband passed away. It’s just been me and my son and this is really a blessing,” Crystal said.
Not only were the students able to give, but they were also able to meet the families that received these items and see firsthand what the donations meant to the families.
“The family we helped today, she had no idea that we were bringing these items. She was very grateful and was on the verge of crying,” Jones said. “Her and her husband work nonstop to try to feed the five kids they take care of, and three of them aren’t even hers. Her kindness helping out the other kids is just amazing.”
Help like this is available for families in need throughout the year thanks to the care boxes at BCHS.
“Those care boxes are amazing for our students,” Jones said. “If you see someone in need, you can put in an anonymous tip.”
BCHS is always looking to help any students in need.
“They do care, they do want to reach out. Johnson has said multiple times to come to him with students in need,” Emmitt added. “If there is something going on or if you do need help there is people here that care about you and love you and that’s evident after today.”