When Mason Intermediate fourth grader Rishika Jeyaprakash realized helping others is her calling, she encouraged her friends to join in on the action as well! Today, she has already recruited 14 classmates to her group, the Little Helpers.
According to the group’s Facebook page, “Little Helpers is a kids volunteer team dedicated to inspire kids around the world to give back to their community through volunteer work.” Jeyaprakash urges her peers, no matter where in the world, to get involved in projects and to share their story on their page.
“No matter how big or small your volunteer activity, you are making a big difference in someone's life. Get inspired! Inspire others! Be a Little Helper!!” says Jeyaprakash.
The Little Helpers’ first project was assisting the Mason Schools Foundation with the annual school supply drive, which delivers necessary items to MCS students in need for providing an easy transition back to school. The group helped donate supplies, including binders, notebooks, pencils and folders, and also assisted in grouping the items together for each student per the teachers’ request.
"We were so impressed with Rishika," said Beth Wilson, Mason Schools Foundation School Supply Drive Co-Chair. "Sometimes students are taking action because their parents have said they should - and that is great. But with Rishika - this was truly her own initiative. She sent me an email and had researched our needs and wanted to help. To know that a fourth grader is so invested in giving back is very impressive!"
Watch The Little Helpers and other Mason students help support the Mason Schools Foundation's School Supply Drive.
Mason City Schools believes that students and staff need to serve and shape their community in purposeful ways in order to make their lives meaningful and their community better. Consequently one of the district's bold steps is Leadership, and this year one of the district's goals is to "expand student leadership opportunities in the school and community."
If your child would like to get involved with the Little Helpers group, visit their Facebook page or send an email to Littlehelpers2015@gmail.com.