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Student Ambassadors Create Bedtime Boxes for Service Project

A good night's sleep is something everyone deserves. This is the motivation behind the Wickham Elementary student ambassadors’ service project. Wickham has nine ambassadors this year, who are focused on making a difference in the community while developing leadership skills. 

This year the ambassador’s service project is putting together bedtime boxes to ensure every student has the proper bedtime essentials. Their goal is to fill 60 boxes and will have a schoolwide pajama day if the goal is met. 

The ambassadors have spent a few weeks collecting essential bedtime supplies such as toothbrushes, pajamas, stuffed animals, and bedtime storybooks. The kindergarten and first-graders collected picture and chapter books while second-graders were in charge of collecting stuffed animals and nightlights. The third- and fourth-graders collected blankets and fifth- and sixth-graders collected pajamas. 

Wickham Elementary ambassadors partnered with many community organizations, such as the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Mailboxes of Iowa City, who generously donated supplies for the bedtime boxes. The University of Iowa College of Dentistry donated toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste, while Mailboxes of Iowa City donated boxes for the supplies to be packaged in. 

“I hope the bedtime boxes we built help the people that need them the most,” said Ambassador Ross. “And the people that don't have blankets, stuffed animals or books to read at night, I hope that they help them get comfortable and like the things we got for them from our donations."

Jen Reeger, a second-grade teacher and the leader of the Wickham Ambassadors said, “We hope to reach those kids who are in need who could benefit from those essential bedtime supplies.” 

After assembling all of the boxes, they will go to Houses into Homes, a non-profit in Coralville that provides gently-used beds, furniture and household items for families and individuals in Johnson County. 

“We’re hoping the community sees how much we care about the kids in our community, and we want to make sure they have everything they need to be successful and that starts with a good night's sleep,” said Reeger.