Photos and Story by Lyric Swinton, News Writer

From December 14 to December 18, 2015, the Keenan Student Council, in conjunction with the Students in Action (SIA) team and Service Learning class, all under the advisement of Mrs. Deidra Pompey, Student Activities Director, held a week of service entitled #StealASmile.

The idea came about at the SIA Fall Leadership Conference when the SIA team, comprised of five Student Body and Senior Class Officers, had to put together a service project in less than ten minutes for an activity. The team members were pleased with their idea that they decided to flesh it out even more when they got back to school.

#StealASmile was aimed to put resources back into the community. The project was set up like a spirit week with activities each day, similar to Homecoming and Coming Home. The week kicked off with a toy drive to assist Toys for Tots, and 48 toys were collected. The next day, the Student Council opened a gift wrap station, wrapping holiday gifts for the students, faculty and staff for $1.00 each.

Wednesday was centered on Plates of Promise. Plates of Promise was an event for Raiders who gave a least a $5.00 donation to flood relief. For their generosity, they received a to-go plate of food. Plates of Promise raised $360, and all of the proceeds went to flood relief.

“It was a lot of hard work, a lot of time was put in it and it all paid off in the end,” Junior Roderica Sturrup, Student Body Recording Secretary, said.

Next, the Student Council held a Sole to Soul shoe event. In exchange for donating a new or gently used pair of shoes, students were allowed to attend a sock hop dance during fourth block. One-hundred sixty-two pairs of shoes were collected and donated to the Department of Mental Health.

The week ended with a party for the special education students. Food was served, and the event served as a nice gateway into winter break.

“It took a lot of creative talent, and we got it accomplished,” Senior Carlik Washington, Student Council cabinet member, said.

All in all, the service project was considered a success and helped many families have a happier holiday season.

“At the end of the week, once we saw all that we collected, I realized that giving is a much better feeling than receiving,” Senior Amber Stone, Student Body President, said.