We have had such a great year of collecting stuffed animals for our annual Bear Hunt! Much of our amazing numbers collected in Boerne was because of the help we got from the students of BBMS. They were recently featured on the cover of The Boerne Star and we wanted to send a big thanks to those students and share with all of you the great story!
BMS South students give back to community through ‘Bear Hunt’
By Cariline Schwartz, News Editor
Students at Boerne Middle School South brought holiday cheer by collecting special toys for children in Kendall County and the surrounding areas.
For the first two weeks of December, BMSS students collected stuffed animals for local children going through crisis.
Jennifer Royalty, reading teacher and student council sponsor, said the Bear Hunt stuffed animal drive is part of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® annual drive. She said students are more enthusiastic about the drive because they get to give from their own belongings.
“They went to each study hall room and said, ‘This is what we’re doing. Please bring your stuffed animals.’ That was their idea and they took it on themselves,” Royalty said. “The level of responsibility and enthusiasm increased.”
BMSS Student Council President Grace Frey said the student council likes community service projects.
“We always like to do community service projects,” Frey said. “This one was cool because now that we’re older, we don’t use our stuffed animals anymore, and these kids could really use them, so we figured we should do the Bear Hunt.”
Spencer Shirley, BMSS Student Council Vice President, said he viewed the stuffed animal drive was a great way to help others.
“When people think of accidents or fires, they don’t really think of the children as much,” Shirley said. “They just think of the tragedies. Most people have stuffed animals, but they always end up as dust collectors, so I think it’s a great opportunity to give our stuffed animals to people who can use them.”
Bailey Asher, BMSS Student Council Secretary, said the Bear Hunt helped get students in the school involved with service work.
“I like seeing everybody helping,” Asher said. “I like having people notice what they can do, not just for themselves, but for the community.”
Hunter Hickman, BMSS Student Council Treasurer, agreed the Bear Hunt was a good idea.
“Normally in my room, I have a huge bucket of stuffed animals just sitting there, and I think it’s good to donate them to people who can actually use them,” Hickman said.
Royalty said her students participate in other charitable activities throughout the year.
“We do Pennies for Patience in the spring,” she said. “We collected money for Hill Country Daily Bread, for gift certificates. We collected canned goods for them.”
The student council delivered the stuffed animals Monday to Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® in Boerne. The toys will then be delivered to children in crisis through the Kendall County Women’s and Children’s Shelter, Hill Country Daily Bread Services, Hill Country Family Services and local law enforcement agencies.
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