Edgewood Middle School sixth-grader, Brody Olsen, spent the summer creating the idea of Packs for Pals – a small movement dedicated to collecting school materials and supplies for students in-need.
While volunteering as part of the Wooster Summer Reading Program at Cornerstone Elementary, Olsen noticed that some students did not have access to necessary school supplies needed to complete their work.
Troubled and inspired by this growing need, Olsen set out on a mission to make a difference. This lead him to the idea of Packs for Pals. Through fundraising and donations, Packs for Pals collected essential school supplies for students in the district’s elementary schools.
Starting out with a flyer he designed himself, a donation from his dad’s business and some help from his mom’s Facebook page, Olsen achieved his goal. Packs for Pals collected backpacks, lunch boxes, crayons, markers, pencil pouches, pens, notebooks, glue and many other school supplies from members of the community that generously donated to the cause.
Olsen, with help from his friends Michael (sixth grade), Carter (fifth grade) and Owen Buchholz (sixth grade) shopped for supplies, sorted the materials and packed tubs for each of the four Wooster City School District elementary schools to distribute as necessary.
“Brody, Michael, Carter and Owen are a fabulous example of the difference you can make when you have a servant, others-before-self mindset,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Tefs. “They saw a problem and worked hard to make the solution a reality. I am thankful and greatful for their act of kindness and initiatives like The Wooster Way and Leader in Me which have equipped our students to take action to positively impact those around them.”
Packs for Pals has already started helping students achieve academic success by providing necessary school supplies for this school year. The boys plan to continue Packs for Pals next year.