Introducing CCISD IMPACT

Introducing CCISD IMPACT
Posted on 10/03/2017
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One does not have to go far to observe acts of kindness in and around the community of Clear Creek ISD. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, students, teachers and neighbors banded together to care for one another during and after the disaster. But this character in action has been a mainstay in the District long before Harvey’s landfall. The CCISD IMPACT project is the District’s community service awareness campaign aimed to share with the public the everyday influence students are having on their world.

Throughout the 2017-2018 school year, the District will spotlight the wide impacts of community service events and activities happening at every campus and even District support departments.

A set of core values drive these signature events and their intended positive impacts on the community: Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility; Fairness; Caring; and Citizenship.

Some of the activities that will be spotlighted may be expressly created service projects in response to the long-term needs of families impacted by the floods. While others have become cherished and meaningful service traditions in that school, like North Pointe Elementary’s Locks of Love event.

North Pointe Elementary Locks of Love: A CCISD IMPACT Event

Now in its fifth year, Locks of Love takes place during one of the school’s monthly Character Connection assemblies where students, led by a Character Crew of their peers, start the morning with high energy songs and lessons that bring core values to life and make them more understandable for young children.

The Character Connection assembly is clearly a crowd favorite in October as it culminates with the students, and even teachers and parents, donating several inches of their hair to the Locks of Love organization.

Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under the age of 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. The campus tradition was first inspired by a teacher who was being treated for cancer, and this year the event carried special meaning with it once again.

North Pointe Elementary kindergarten teacher, Stacy Fore, is currently battling breast cancer. Although she couldn’t attend this year’s hair cutting celebration, she says the event holds a special place in her heart because ironically, the first year the campus held the event, it was her own two daughters who donated their hair. “Now, it means even more to me,” she said.

As hundreds of students cheered and supported their peers’ selfless decision, guest professional hair stylists did the shearing honors for the eleven girls and women. The young girls unmistakably understand the cause and each had the opportunity to share with the student body their own reasons that they were giving away a piece of themselves. Some students had several family members who have battled cancer. “I want to donate my hair to help others who have cancer and lost their hair,” first grader, Mika Faust announced to her peers.

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Visit www.ccisd.net/ccisdimpact or follow #CCISDIMPACT to stay in the know about this movement in Clear Creek ISD. 

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