At Athlos Academy of Jefferson Parish in Terrytown, Louisiana, Athlos students gave back on Martin Luther King Jr. Day by donating more than 100 personal hygiene items to support U.S. troops overseas and their time to help support a local animal shelter.
Students in kindergarten through fourth-grade donated items such as razors, wipes, bodywash, and shampoo. The donated items were boxed and mailed to Support Our Troops, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the men and women of America’s military, which will distribute the items to active duty troops overseas.
Two Athlos students, Hope and Alyssa, donated their time to the Jefferson Animal Shelter SPCA to make cat toys, distribute dog treats, clean rabbit and Guinea pig cages, and learn about the shelter’s role in the community.
“We are so proud of our students for helping those who fight for us every day and for supporting local animals,” said Athlos Academy External Relations Liaison Marijohn Robinson. “Service is an important aspect of Athlos Academy and we will always strive to help better our community.”
As part of the Athlos model, students are taught and encouraged to exhibit Performance Character traits like humility, social intelligence, and integrity. Volunteering not only is a great way for students to give back to the community, but to also apply these character lessons in real life.