BEAVERCREEK — Hailey and Zack Berro saw first-hand what it’s like to begin a school year without school supplies.
So when their mom, Julie, began her annual outreach program to collect supplies for children at Kemp PreK-8 School in Dayton where she teaches, the siblings were key players.
Hailey, 12, and Zack, 11, stuffed letters into plastic bags and went door-to-door in sweltering heat for three days — while friends went to Kings Island — asking neighbors to help provide necessary supplies. That was a job normally reserved for older sibling, Kaylee. But Hailey and Zack were impacted by volunteering in their mom’s classroom and seeing kids open empty school boxes.
“These kids had nothing,” Hailey said. “Last year … their parents didn’t care about anything. “
The Berros asked everyone to help with a supply box, Clorox wipes, pencils, crayons, glue sticks and scissors.
“Her class needs a lot of supplies,” Zack said. “Not all of them can afford it. I really wanted to help make a difference.”
The goal, as always, was to collect enough supplies for two kindergarten classrooms. Because of the work of Hailey and Zack, enough supplies were collected for kindergarten, first, second and third grades.
“We pretty much went way and beyond our goal,” Julie said. “The stuff kept coming in. Nothing like this has ever happened. Beavercreek is a very giving community.”
In addition to the door-to-door effort, the Enclave community, Beavercreek Christian Learning Center, Beavercreek Lion’s Club, Oak Book Chase community and St. Luke School helped collect supplies.
Hailey and Zack agreed that the hardest part was knocking on a stranger’s door, but they were happy they did it.
“(Neighbors) were happy to help us,” Zack said.
Added Hailey, “I like helping the kids in my mom’s classroom.”
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