January has been a busy month. Builder’s Club members still continue to recycle paper and newspapers each week. They have partnered with ROI.
They have also been selling chocolate and roses to be delivered for Valentine’s Day. This fundraiser will most likely benefit the Boys and Girls Club Teen Center. Ethan met with both 7th and 8th grade members and talked about the teen center. He asked for ideas, concerns, needs, and a wish list. There was a great discussion. Builders Club decided it would like to look into purchasing an item on the students wish list for the new Boys and Girls Club.
Builder’s Club members also meet at least once a week to process plastic grocery bags to be repurposed into waterproof mats. There is a need for waterproof mats for refugees and a desire to keep all the bags out of the landfill. Students lay them out flat and then cut off the tops and bottoms. The middle of the bags are tied together to make “playarn” (plastic yarn). They are then weaved to make mats. The tops and bottom of the bags are also used to stuff pillows or stuffed animals. Our students are just processing the bags. After processing here, the bags will be taken to a humanitarian center in Salt Lake City where they will be made into mats. The mats made from the bags our students process will go to Syria and the mountains of Ecuador.
Builder’s Club applied money raised in October to benefit the Richland County Library. Mrs. Allen contacted Kelly Reisig at the library and asked if the club could purchase youth adult books. They asked for their “wish list” and for missing books or books needed to complete series. They gave the club a list of 19 books and the club purchased them. When the books come in, the students will go to the library and help them process them.
[Photo credits: Kelly Johnson]
Miss Montana 2018 visited one of our sponsored youth organizations yesterday. Laura Haller brought her positive message to Builders Club members in Sidney Middle School.
During Laura’s year of service as Miss Montana, Laura is working closely with the only Children's Miracle Network Hospital in Montana, Shodair Children's Hospital. She is also advocating for her social impact initiative, Own Your Movement, during her Crown to Classroom Tour. Using narrative and lessons she learned from her life as a professional dancer, pre-medical student, marathon runner, triathlete, small business owner, and world traveler, she hopes to inspire Montana children to get up and get moving so they have the ability to follow their passions in life.
Get up and get moving. What a joyful and constructive message!
Laura says, representing Montana as Miss Montana 2018 is her proudest achievement, and she looks forward to sharing her passion for health and wellness while also advocating for fearlessly living life to its full potential.
That's saying quite a bit when you learn more about her background. Miss Montana 2018, Laura Halter, was born in the beautiful mountains of western Montana. She began her professional dancing career at the age of 18 in the Northwest as a classical ballet dancer. While dancing professionally full-time, she also attended Boise State University on an academic scholarship with aspirations to become a medical doctor for women's health. She graduated cum laude from Boise State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical/Health Sciences and a Minor in Dance. She was then hired as the principal professional dancer with Viking Ocean Cruises, where she had the opportunity to dance and travel to over 30 countries and 5 continents. After spending over a year at sea, Laura competed for the prestigious position of Miss Montana, and won the title of Miss Montana 2018. She recently competed in Miss America and won both a talent and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) scholarship. She is the first Miss Montana to ever receive the STEM scholarship.