WKHS Compassion Project
Each year the Worthington Kilbourne High School student council oversees the Adopt-A-Child fundraiser. Members of the student council addressed third-period classes in late November and put out the call for donations that would be used to buy gifts for 50 young children.
“It’s a really big thing at our school,” Treasurer Grace Karlock said. “Overall, it’s just really awesome to have something our school can get behind. We have a big gift in the front of our school with the total that we have (raised), so that’s the first thing you see when you walk in.
Everybody really gets into it, trying to do everything they can.” In just a few weeks the students raised $6,000 toward the purchase of gifts. Members of student council were given a child, his/her age and a list of the items on his/her wish list. The Kilbourne students shopped for the presents and brought them all together for a wrapping day, at the school.
“We have a big wrapping party,” said Karlock. “It’s really cool in the Commons; we play Christmas music and it’s colorful everything, everywhere.”
Karlock jumped at the chance to head the Adopt-A-Child efforts this year. As a senior, she has seen what the fundraiser means to the recipients, but even to the students doing the giving. “I think something so special about Adopt-A-Child is that it is (for) kids right here in Worthington,” she said. “It could even be siblings of people from our school. So, I just think everybody really understands why we’re doing that, especially within student council.
“We talk about it a lot. Why is this important and why is this something we need to do? Especially during the holiday season, we’re lucky at our school and (for) a lot of our kids, Christmas presents are just something normal that we get. But it’s not like that for everybody.”
When all the gifts had been purchased, Kilbourne students gathered in the Commons beginning in first period Dec. 13, to wrap gifts and enjoy one another.
“I think it’s really nice,” Karlock said. “A lot of times our third period classes, who were the ones who raised the money, will ask to wrap the gifts for their class and I like talking to people and feeling a sense of knowing someone is going to have that gift in their hands.
“You don’t see (the children receive the gift), but just knowing that what you’re touching is going to be given to someone else and it’d really impactful.”