I always love to hear about kids caught being good. And here is another example of just that with kids helping kids thanks to a teacher who encouraged them.
Noblesville East Middle School Student Council did a Lego toy drive recently and collected about 100 boxes of Legos to donate to a local hospital for young patients.
While Noblesville Schools has a lot of students doing philanthropic work, one of the things that made this a little more cool was that the teacher who works with the Student Council had a personal connection, district spokesperson Marnie Cooke told me.
Student Council adviser Kristen Leer, a Grade 6-8 resource teacher, said her 4-year-old son “had a spot show up on his neck X-ray that was concerning where he needed a surgical biopsy. (This was also a reason that Leer took an online position this school year, so she could isolate herself prior to his surgery and prepare for the unknown.)
“When leaving the hospital that day, my son said, “Today was fun. I want to do it again.”
Leer said, “The reason why it was fun was because of the child life program there. They gave my son a sticker book, put together a Lego kit and played all the way up until his surgery.”
She said, “Then he got to drive a motorized vehicle back to the operating room. When he was in surgery, I asked the nurses if they needed anything for other children that I could help organize. They said that they were extremely low on Legos due to (the) COVID (-19 (Coronavirus Disease) pandemic) and are not accepting donations during that time.”
In the past, NEMS Student Council has had a toy drive for kids with cancer.
“This year, we wanted to focus on what the children’s hospital directly needed for the kids.”
“This year, we wanted to focus on what the children’s hospital directly needed for the kids,” said Adviser, Kristen Leer, a Grade 6-8 resource teacher, s with the Student Council
“We are excited to drop these off at the hospital to bring smiles to the children’s faces” said Leer said.
It really got the teacher motivated to help others. So she inquired about what toys are needed, which was Legos, and engaged the Student Council to do a toy drive at her school.
The NEMS Student Council collected more than 100 boxes of Legos for children currently in the hospital and for children who are having outpatient surgery at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital on 86th Street in Indianapolis.
“We are very proud of our group this year being able to assist children dealing with health issues during this time,” she said.
Because half of the students attend in-person school every other day, alternating with the other half of the students, there were two groups who gathered donations.
Leer said, “I am so proud of the work of these students.”

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