by Kellen Moore
First-grade students from Blowing Rock Elementary visited the Hospitality House in Boone on Monday morning to learn firsthand about community.
The students from Missy Searcy and Kate Leslie’s classes toured the shelter and learned about its operations.
The students were asked to bring one gently used outfit and toy from their own homes to donate to children who live at the Hospitality House — about nine as of last week, said Tina Krause, director of services for the Hospitality House.
“We asked them to bring something that was very special to them,” Searcy said. “They really did bring nice things.”
The students also wrote letters to the children and decorated bags in which they placed their gifts.
“A student in my class wrote, ‘I wish you could live with me,’” Leslie said.
Searcy said the classes recently discussed homelessness in preparation for the trip, noting that homelessness can occur to many types of people and that many similarities exist between people who have homes and who don’t have homes.
“That’s important to be able to give back to others,” Krause said. “There’s a lot that can be done to help people living here.”
The class plans to continue practicing compassion with a visit to Blowing Rock Extended Care in December, where they will sing Christmas carols and give small gifts to the elderly residents.