Diller-Odell Elementary, Student Council raising hygiene products for locals in need

Diller-Odell Elementary, Student Council raising hygiene products for locals in need
Hygiene products that Diller-Odell Elementary students have donated this week as they try and reach their goal of 100 pounds.

DILLER, NE – Students at Diller-Odell Elementary are working together this week to give back to their communities.

With the help of DOHS Student Council, students from Pre-K through sixth grade are trying to collect 100 pounds of hygiene products by Feb. 1. One hundred pounds to commemorate 100 days of school.

The idea for this fundraiser stems from an annual charity project at Diller-Odell High School. On Jan. 18, DOHS students donated 1,540 pounds of food to the Wymore Food Pantry in the fifth annual “Block the Door – Fill the Seats.”

The idea – if students can block classroom doors and fill gymnasium seats with donated goods in one day, they get rewarded with a day of fun activities.

With the high school having plenty success, and also plenty of fun, the elementary students and teachers wanted in on it.

“In that five years, there’s been a group of kids that have wanted to carry it over to the (elementary) building,” Diller-Odell guidance counselor Rita Becker said. “In our fifth year, we felt like we were doing so well at the high school, we were kind of ready to share that idea and carry it over to the elementary.”

As of Wednesday, the elementary school had collected 82 pounds. If they reach their goal of 100, the students will be rewarded with a Movie Day.

“We’re teaching them the idea of kindness and giving to others, but then we’ll give them a small reward in the end,” Becker said.

Bryston Warren, a senior and president of the Diller-Odell Student Council, has been involved in the “Block the Door” fundraiser for all four years of high school. Carrying over the same idea to younger students, to him, was just as rewarding.

“It means a lot to see people get help that really need it,” Warren said. “Seeing people that need help – it hurts a lot of people not being able to help. So, I think this is a really good thing.”

The donated hygiene goods will go to area families in need as well as the Wymore Food Pantry.

“Our community has been very generous,” Becker said. “Two days in, and we already have 80 pounds, so we all just really appreciate it.”

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