LENORE – In response to recent articles concerning Williamson’s homeless in the Williamson Daily News, Lenore PK-8 has been working with the local community to assist the area’s homeless.
Shirley Mounts, a third grade teacher at Lenore PK- 8 stated, “I read the article and it touched my heart. I joined with other teachers to start a school wide drive. It is good to get kids involved.”
Mounts explained that the local community has also been involved with the effort. “Lenore PK-8 and surrounding communities have pulled together and donated large amounts of items to Jacob’s Well Mission. I have also been in contact with Nathaniel Siggers and we are trying to arrange a meeting to attempt to organize a group and bring people in to help with the homeless in the area,” Mounts stated.
Jacob’s Well Mission is located in downtown Williamson and is open daily to feed the less fortunate. The mission also provides assistance to those who need it including blankets and clothes. The mission also hosts programs during the holidays to help those less fortunate.
Recently, Mounts delivered items collected from the school drive to Jacob’s Well. “This was our second load and both times my jeep has been packed to the limit,” Mounts explained.
Lenore PK-8 is incorporating the drive into the curriculum as a lesson in citizenship. “We are starting a movement,” Mounts said.
The goal is to enable children to realize that acts of kindness are important. “I hope what we are doing at Lenore will inspire other local schools to do the same. I think it’s very important to show our kids that the smallest acts of kindness can make a big difference,” Mounts explained.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)