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Under the direction of Delmarva Christian Milton Campus (DCMC) Middle School History and Bible teacher Ms. Caroline Schneck, a drive was organized to provide much needed items to other middle and high school students in the area.

“Currently, close to 300 students within the Cape Henlopen School District are classified as homeless under varying circumstances,” said DCMC teacher Caroline Schneck. “When I presented this information to our middle school students, they empathized greatly with the difficulty of not having a permanent place to sleep at night and how that places difficulty on a child in school.”

Working with Cape Henlopen District’s homeless liaison, it was learned that the most requested items among the homeless students, most being middle and high school students, are pillows, blankets, and pajamas. Often, these students sleep on the floor, share a bed with multiple individuals, and/or even use backpacks as pillows. Upon receiving this information, the DCMS students took immediate action by first determining how best to secure these items for their peers.

“Each middle school class voted on which items to donate,” continued Schneck. “The 6th graders chose blankets, 7th grade—pillows, and the 8th-grade class selected pajamas.”

Over the course of ten days, students brought in the wrapped items and placed them under the classroom Christmas tree. On Tuesday, December 11, the DCMC 8th-grade Service Learning class then assembled the gifts and delivered them to Atlantic Millworks in Lewes where they will be transported and distributed to the Cape District by December 14.

“Our students have been very excited about the opportunity to bless other middle school students in the community this Christmas!” said Ms. Schneck. “This project also reminded all of us to be ever thankful for the smallest of blessings we enjoy.”

Delmarva Christian Milton Campus 8th-Grade Service Learning students Sean Justice, Finian Fitzgerald, Sam Wells, Carter Breasure, Wayne Davis, Evan Murray, and Matthew Davis represent a small number of the many DCMC middle school students who donated items for homeless students residing in the Cape Henlopen School District.