Students Give Back to School & Local Communities

group photo of teachers and students in a cafeteria

February 13, 2020

Dozens of “hygiene kits” were assembled by members of the CDHS Interact Club and Student Council after school on Tuesday, February 11th.

The kits—which contain mini first aid kits, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, body wash, lotion, shave gel, wet wipes, deodorant and tissues—will be given to the Lutheran Church and Potter Hollow food pantries. Some kits will be kept in school Nurse and Guidance Offices for discreet distribution to Cairo-Durham students if needed.

This project began when Greene County native Will VonAtzingen (pictured, back row left) contacted CDHS guidance counselor Justin Karker to get the event under way. They did a similar event with backpacks and school supplies last year.

“I grew up in Greenville and work closely with both districts to set up these events to benefit the children and families of our school communities,” said VonAtzingen.

VonAtzingen applied for a grant and was awarded funds from the Independent Order of Foresters to purchase supplies for the hygiene kits. He then worked with Mr. Karker and Interact Club advisor Heather Maassmann to organize the student event.

"Mr. VonAtzingen's act of kindness is exactly what kids need to see,” said Mrs. Maassmann. “They witnessed all the work that goes into helping others in our community and will undoubtedly pay it forward as they become adults."