Peabody will warm up to its fifth annual Nov. 30 #GivingTuesday event with activities on each of the Tuesdays in November. USD 398 students, Peabody Community Foundation (PCF), and the community are focusing on four themes throughout the month.
Ms. Heidi Hittle, Middle School Special Education teacher, has been coordinating #GivingTuesday activities at USD 398.
“I’m especially excited this year for our #GivingTuesday activities as we will be kicking off our own #GivingTuesdaySpark chapter at our school. Our chapter will be giving back to our community, no only in November, but every month of the year,” said Hittle.
She added that 6-12th grade students are invited to participate.
On Tuesday, Nov. 2, students delivered thank-you notes to public servants, business owners, charity volunteers, and others who contribute to community life on the theme, #GiveCred.
A non-food drive began on Nov. 9 for personal care items such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, etc., on the theme #LookinGoodPeabody. Classes will compete in a toilet paper pyramid contest to win a golden plunger trophy. In addition to the school buildings, collection points will be at Peabody Market and Vintage Bank and donations will be taken to the local Food Bank.
On Nov. 16, USD 398 students will be out in the community working on several clean-up projects, painting, cleaning street gutters, and helping with renovations at the Sunflower Theatre on the theme, #BeNeighborly.
A Food Drive for the Peabody Food Bank will begin on Nov. 23 in hopes of filling the shelves with staple foods for the winter. Items will also be collected for the Peabody Association of Churches Christmas Dinner. Lists of most needed items at the Food Bank and for the Christmas Dinner will be available at the collection points: both school buildings, Peabody Market and Vintage Bank.
All of these activities will culminate on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 30, at Peabody-Burns High School. Beginning at 5 p.m. a soup supper will be served by donation to PBHS clubs and organizations. PBHS Voices will perform holiday music while attendees mingle with representatives from local charities. Donations directly to these charities and to any of PCFs 25 funds are encouraged. Gifts to PCF funds will be matched, details on the match will be released later in November.
At 7 p.m. the Winterfest program will include music by Pep Band, a free-throw shooting contest, a video recap of Tuesday activities, introduction of the Boys Basketball Team, entertainment by the Cheerleaders and more. PCF will announce 2021 grant awards to teachers.
#GivingTuesday is a national movement to encourage philanthropy on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. #GivingTuesday follows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.
PCF is an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation. More information is available by emailing Becky Nickel, PCF Director, at email@example.com, or by visiting facebook.com/PeabodyCommunityFoundation.