We have had the pleasure of working with some exceptional young adults this Christmas season and wanted to highlight just a few of the projects that we have been lucky enough to be a part of this season, all made possible by local students.
We were invited to attend the Teach One to Lead One graduation at North Cobb High School a couple of weeks ago. Two classes of students have been participating in a multi-week program during one of their class periods, designed to build leadership through the development of universal principles. During the program, to highlight the universal principles of teamwork and compassion, the students completed a service project for CFVC. They collected funds and purchased items to create hand-tied fleece blankets. During the graduation ceremonies, each student spoke about lessons they learned through the program, and then presented the blankets to our program. It was a truly moving event and the blankets reflected the hard work the students put into the program.
Sequoyah High School Senior, Tori Gregg recently conducted a toy drive for the children in our program. Tori posted drop-off boxes in her school, church and work and asked for community members to donate stocking stuffers and small Christmas presents to benefit CFVC. The impressive donation she collected will benefit the youngsters who participate in our weekly Children’s Support Groups. We had a great time getting to know Tori and are excited to see what project she tackles next!
The Woodstock High School Beta Club paid a visit to our center and hosted a holiday party for the children. We have over 150 children living in our shelter and transitional housing, so seeing these special young adults give back to their community, quickly put us in the holiday spirit.
Aside from all of the fun that these projects brought to our center, we were overjoyed by the outpouring of support we received from local youth this season. Thank you to these special young adults for all they did to make Christmas a great season at Cherokee Family Violence Center this year.