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Urbandale High School Students Take Action To Give Hope To Children Entering Foster Homes

Hope In Action, a student-led organization at Urbandale High School (UHS) whose mission is to spread hope in the community through action, recently collected and assembled backpacks for children being transitioned into foster care. Often times, children entering a foster home have nothing of their own to bring with them, which is why when Hope In Action learned of this situation, they responded with care, compassion, and action.

“Many of these children have been through significant challenges already,” said Bailey Lamm, junior at UHS. “If these backpacks provide even the slightest amount of hope, they will have been worth it.”

Claire Kaiser and Bailey Lamm creating backpacks for children entering foster homes as part of Hope In Action_site

Claire Kaiser and Bailey Lamm creating backpacks for children entering foster homes as part of Hope In Action.

The contents for each backpack are based on the age group (0-3; 3-6; 6-12; 12-17 yrs) and gender of each child. Backpacks are labeled and donated to the Star Clinic at Blank Children’s Hospital for children in transition into foster care.

“Lifting up those who have less than you do can bring more joy than any good grade or physical object ever could,” Claire Kaiser, junior at UHS. “These backpacks may seem insignificant to some, but to children who have very little, the backpacks can be a symbol of hope to them.”

Learning of a need, determining solutions, and taking intentional action to bring about positive change are beliefs at the core of every significant movement in our collective history. Hope In Action is at the forefront of one such movement in our Urbandale community. The Urbandale Community School District is immensely proud of the actions of these altruistic, generous, and philanthropic students. Perhaps Margaret Mead said it best, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”