MECC Classes Take Action

MECC Classes Take Action to Support Children Experiencing Homelessness
Posted on 11/26/2019

"I can feel someone else’s feelings in my heart," is what Mason Early Childhood Center students chant together as they learn about the Comet Kid stance of empathy. 

MECC second graders in Sarah Grinstead, Michelle JarmonSarah KrugmanChristy Moreland, and Soroya Smith's classes recently practiced the skill of showing empathy by collecting items to complete kits for Greater Cincinnati children experiencing homelessness.  

"Our school partners with Mindful Music to help our students calm and focus their minds and bodies. One of the selections of music we listened to was composed by a local composer Peter Adams and children from the Upspring Program Blink Cincinnati . We learned that the children from the Upspring program are children in the Cincinnati area experiencing homelessness. As the students heard the voices of these children and the inspiration of their voices talking about the light within their hearts, we felt compelled to practice the empathy we are learning about each day and do something," said Smith.

The classes collected 529 items and completed 24 kits that included soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, toothbrush holder, floss, shampoo, and conditioner.  The students will be writing notes to other classes at MECC inviting them to participate.  If you would like to donate please contact organizer Soroya Smith at

Amina Abdurashidova who is in Ms. Jarmon's class said, "I am happy because we are being empathetic to others.  I really enjoyed working on the project and helping others."  

Students and their teachers felt moved by their efforts.

"That was so fun getting to work together for a great cause!" said Krugman after the event.  "Can't wait to deliver the kits and help out those in need in our city."  

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