By Katie Mai, Sophomore
Student Council is engaging in a few different projects for charity this year. One of the projects is called Project Response. Project Response Inc. is a non-profit crisis center that collects basic household items for people in need.
Student Council has turned this project into a competition among the classes. The class that brings in the most items will win a surprise, such as root beer floats. Other than common household items, Project Response Inc. is asking for emergency items, personal care items, school supplies, new bedding, new baby care items, paper goods, laundry items, and office supplies. The items collected will go to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other issues in Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee and Richardson counties. The offices at Project Response offer crisis counseling, outreach in the form of education regarding bullying, help with protective orders, shelter, and a clothing store called the Neighborhood Closet, which they give out vouchers for. From July to November of 2007, Project Response Inc. helped 17 victims in Pawnee County. Female victims tend to be more likely at the Project Response Inc. offices, not by choice, but females tend to be a vast percentage of the victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in our area. Not only does Project Response Inc. take donations, but they also have federal and state funding and are currently exploring private funding. A list of more specific items that would be much appreciated is on the front page of the Pawnee City Schools website.
The school will stop collecting items for Project Response this Friday, December 16th, so be sure to bring in your items. However, donations can be mailed to the Auburn office or brought to the Auburn or Nebraska City offices. Students that are bringing in donations can put their items in a box in their class sponsor’s rooms.