The Lincoln Junior High School F.L.A.R.E. Club (Friends Learning and Respecting Everyone) have worked tirelessly, along with many LJHS families, over the past few weeks to complete a service project focused on helping others in need. The group of 6-8th grade girls are donating 54 hand-tied fleece blankets to the Family Shelter Service for their annual Holiday Shoppe. Family Shelter is a community agency that transforms lives by offering help and hope to those affected by domestic violence.
The LJHS School Counselors helps lead the Club with the goal of “empowering girls to understand themselves and how they can include others.” The fleece blanket project has been implemented for nearly ten years and this year is the biggest donation to date.
In attendance to accept the donation from Family Shelter Service was Lauren DeSimone (a former Lincoln Lancer), Director of Advancement; Kedri Ladewig, Educational Community Coordinator; and Katie Peterson, Volunteer Advocate. The Family Shelter Service representatives took the opportunity to educate the students on the mission of organization and what this donation means to the people they serve.
The F.L.A.R.E. Club meets weekly during lunch period and works to promote positive relationships among girls. Topics of discussion may include how to make and keep friends, the ins and outs of middle school, how to develop positive self-image, team building and collaboration.