Brenden Sheedy could hardly make his way through the hallways at Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School as he collected donations for Almost Home, a local non profit that helps the homeless in our area.
“It feels good to know so many kids are supporting me and want to help out,” Sheedy said.
The idea to raise funds during the school day came about through a Global Studies assignment; what is one problem we face, and how can you fix it? For Brenden, that issue was hunger.
“I just thought about how easy it is for me to get food and how I never go hungry and realized that isn’t the case for every kid so I wanted to make it easier for them,” he said.
From there Brenden turned his idea into reality, taking donations during passing periods and lunch to raise money for Chick-fil-A gift cards to donate to Almost Home.
“I couldn’t be more proud, that was the goal of the assignment. To see Brenden just take initiative and make it happen. He typed up a proposal and we go permission from the district – it is such a good feeling to see a student take an assignment and really put it into action,” said Mrs. Ryan.
To make the good cause even more fun for students, grade levels were pitted against each other to see who could raise the most money in a week. In the end, the eighth graders came out on top raising the most for the non profit. Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School as a whole was able to donate $500 in Chick-fil-A gift cards to Almost Home and an additional $500 in cash for the organization do pay for other needs.