Thursday, July 10, 2014

Service Thrives in Leos and Lions Cubs

Since 2008, Coventry Lions of Pennsylvania has supported service groups in the Owen J. Roberts School District. Students in each of the five elementary centers may join Lions Cubs service clubs and the middle and high schools have growing Leos Clubs. 

Student -run Battle of the Bands 2014 raised nearly $1,000

The five clubs completed over twenty service projects during the year. Highlights include East Coventry’s participation in the “safe trick or treat” event in October for the elementary students in our district.  North Coventry cubs made food drive collection boxes for each grade and went caroling at Manatawny Manor nursing home. East Vincent Lion Cubs sent supplies to our troops in Afghanistan and created cards and games for a cousin of a student who is battling a long term illness.  West Vincent Cubs sorted collected clothing for the clothing drive that was sent to the Vietnam Veterans of America.  They distributed boxes and instructions for the “Pennies for Patients” drive raising over $1,700.00 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. French Creek Lion Cubs offered a babysitting activity for the children of parents who attended the school’s PTA meeting entertaining the children with games and activities they had planned, like hot potato and finger painting and creation of a yummy snack. The Middle School Leo Club took part in a campus clean-up project, orchestrated a successful “Pennies for Patients” campaign, and volunteered at the Animal Rescue League.

The High School Leo Club is the largest in school history (144) and completed a very rewarding year of service. According to High School Advisor, John McCormick, “One person can make a difference in the world. Obviously, 114 should make a HUGE difference!” Members helped make district events such as “Make a Difference Day”, “Safe Trick or Treat”, and Relay for Life a smooth running success.  They planned, paid for, and prepared a “Hope on the Hill” dinner at a local church for families in the community who needed a lift nutritionally and spiritually. Throughout the school year Leo volunteers would go to a local daycare center and read to the pre-school children.  The big activity of the year was the Battle of the Bands with proceeds earmarked to support next year’s Leo service activities including a ‘Challenge Day’, that will involve 200 students working together to eliminate hate and bullying in schools.  The program is a day of social and emotional growth for all participants that has been very successful in other schools.

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