In the spirit of helping those in need, Hope Academy students recently raised funds and collected books and clothing donations destined to benefit Cayman HospiceCare, the Cayman Islands Humane Society, and the Red Cross.
The drive was part of the school’s Spirit Week held the week of May 23, which had students doing their part for the community and for the planet.
Using trash bags and recycled materials, students designed outfits for the Recycle, Reduce, Reuse fashion show. On Civvy Day, students were allowed to wear their own clothes to school, instead of uniforms.
The students also took part in yoga classes led by a Hope Academy teacher, and the combined funds raised of $531 from the three events went to benefit HospiceCare.
In support of the Humane Society, the school came together to play Scrabble, and players brought along books to be donated to the Humane Society’s book loft. Students also donated sportswear and equipment on the sports afternoon.
According to Linda Brown, director of teaching and learning at Hope, Spirit Week promoted a feeling of togetherness, which was felt every day through sports, activities and dress-up events.
“On the dress-up days,” said Ms. Brown, “clothes were donated and given to the Red Cross. There were over one hundred items collected.”
Spirit Week is held two to three times a year and is an initiative intended to encourage working together and to build school spirit.