The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

December 12, 2013

Project Love is about spreading happiness

GENEVA — As the holiday season approaches, Geneva High School’s Project Love is stepping up to provide for those in need and spread peace and happiness. Project Love is an organization dedicated to helping the school and the community.

The group’s adviser, Jessica George, explained, “The whole mission of Project Love is to provide opportunities to change the climate and culture of this building in positive ways.”

This diverse group of students works together to promote kindness. “Our goal is to make a lasting impact on the community,” said Mrs. George.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Project Love took the time and effort to create a “thankful tree.” Students wrote the things they were thankful for on colorful leaves and stuck them all over the huge tree that was on display in the cafeteria. Within minutes of passing out leaves, the bare tree filled up with positive messages of thanks for family, friends, military, teachers, pets and many of the other things that bring happiness to students’ lives.

Project Love member Elyse Pitkin said, “Everyone was pretty generous and honest about how they felt. It was very sweet to see what they wrote.”

This month Project Love will be holding its fourth annual Geneva Eagles Together Making A Difference (G.E.T. M.A.D. ) donation drive at Geneva High School. The event will be held in the high school parking lot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Students will be collecting non-perishable food items, coats, hats, gloves, toys and monetary donations for families in need this winter. The food will be taken to the Geneva Food Pantry, which is in need of donations to ensure that no family in the community goes hungry. Coats will be given to the Federation of Christian Athletes (FCA) which has been collecting donations all year for the United Church.

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