Our eighth graders have a lot to be thankful for--and after a trip to Covenant House in Detroit, they recognize all of their blessings. Things like food, a safe place to sleep and the security of a family.
Covenant House is a national organization that helps at-risk teens find a place to live and prepares them for life with an education or training for jobs. Kids come to Covenant House from the streets. They have come from traumatic and adverse childhood, possibly abusive home, juvenile justice facilities, aged out of foster care, or been the victims of human trafficking.
In October, Trinity's eighth grade class set out to help the teen at Covenant House. Through a bake sale, the students raised $437.33. The also collected gently used boots and coats. While Trinity families were incredibly generous, Bill and Jodi Pace used Thrivent Action Team funds to purchase an additional $250 in new coats.
After collecting boots and coats, the eighth graders got the bake sale money together and headed for a visit at Covenant House in Detroit. Since their visit, Local 4 aired a segment on what it's like for a Covenant House member.
This is a field trip that eighth grade teacher Sally Buss makes sure to take annually. She takes the eighth graders so they can see a world beyond their own. She said she hopes they will find ways to Engage the World, both in their own community and around the world.