The halls and classrooms of Northview Elementary School in Eagan were bustling long after the final bell rang on Feb. 22, and instead of heading home students and families spent the evening giving back to those in need.
The annual “Doing Good Together” community service night is organized and hosted by the Northview Student Council and benefits local organizations and nonprofits. The theme for this year’s event was World Changers.
“We believe that children and families thinking together side by side about being a world changer helps children realize they can make a difference, even when they are small,” said Principal Kerri Town. “This helps teach children the quality of caring beyond their immediate circle and builds a heart for stewardship in our larger community.”
Since it began in 2015, the service night has grown by both organizations and participants. This year, 363 participants from 115 families showed up to make a difference. Town said the hands-on experience helps students connect in a meaningful way to their community.
“The best part of this is just helping others in need,” said Northview student council member Nicholas Melvin, 11. “Because others in need could really use our help. And sometimes you might not think you can make a difference, but really if just one person makes a difference, it can make the world go right.”
- The Drawer: 600 bundle of socks 1800 total pairs of socks
- Coco’s Heart Dog Rescue: 132 Dog Toys
- Hastings Veterans Home: 171 tissue paper flower centerpieces
- American Red Cross: 79 Thank you cards for blood donors
- Pinky Swear Foundation: 66 journals
- Hearts and Hands MN: 87 cards for ill children
- Ronald McDonald House: 67 Happy Wheel Bags
- Open Door Pantry: 187 food items; 81 Birthday Bags (233 pounds)
- Northview “Welcome to Our School” bags: 80 bags
- Doing Good Together: 85 home collection containers