By Joyce Lavene
Student councils from Independence High School and Bain Elementary School in Mint Hill teamed up for a community service project for Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital and the Levine’s Children Hospital. Together they raised enough money to purchase more than 600 bears from Build a Bear to distribute to children in need.
The Bain Elementary Student Council had barely been formed when they began work on the project. They wanted to focus on giving back to the community. The student council was invited to help build the bears after raising more than $1,700 for the effort.
Independence High School’s fundraiser was called Big Man on Campus Day. Their goal was to raise enough money to purchase 200 bears for the project. Students raised more than $2,000.
On February 10, the two student councils went to the Concord Mills Build a Bear store to assemble the bears. After that enjoyable expereince, the 15 members of the Independence High school student council went to the Levine Children’s Hospital to distribute them. On Monday, February 13, they went to the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital to distribute the bears.
The bears were supposed to symbolize new hope for spring to the many children at these hospitals who are often in need of comfort and cheer.
A special thank you went out to Lisa Poston, the advisor from Independence,  who facilitated the whole event.