The Easter bunny is getting a helping hand from Hart students this year.
About 50 students in the school’s mentoring program gathered in the multipurpose room this week to assemble Easter baskets for kids at Children’s Hospital Oakland. Students put their history knowledge to work, using Henry Ford’s assembly line method to create about three dozen colorful and fully stuffed baskets.
“These baskets will make someone’s day better and brighten their day,” 8th-grader Theresa Gao said.
“I want to help others in need,” 8th-grader Kirstin Fong added as she and Theresa filled a bakset. “It puts a smile on their face.”
The Easter basket project is the brainchild of Thomas Domer, who took over Hart’s mentoring program this year. The program matches teacher and student mentors with students who are struggling academically and socially.
“In the past, (the program) was more of an academic thing,” Domer said. “I changed the focus to creating more positive relationships on campus. We try to make school a safe place for the kids.”
Since the mentoring program is all about providing support for students, activities usually revolve around those students to provide them with fun ways for bonding with student and teacher mentors.
“It’s a lot of focus on the kids,” Domer said. The Easter basket idea came about because “I wanted the kids to give back.”
The students, both mentors and those getting mentoring, gathered in the multipurpose room before school to stuff the baskets. Several teachers joined in on the fun.
Baskets were stuffed with a multitude of toys, books and games, but no sweets. Baskets were tailor-made for boys, girls and kids of different ages.
“People need our help, so we’re there to help them,” 8th-grader James Angst said.
“I want to give (the students) a little perspective that there are a lot of kids with a lot of challenges,” Domer added.
Posted Wednesday, March 30, 2011