Rice Elementary’s 6th grade class organized their annual Jared Box Community Project in January and February of this year.
The Jared Box project was originally started to help lift the spirits of local chronically ill children. The project started in honor of a boy named Jared from Pennsylvania, who fought terminal brain cancer and inspired the idea of creating these boxes of toys and fun items for children who face cancer. The fundraiser consists of making and collecting boxes that are filled with cards, toys, gifts and games for children who are in the hospital.
Rice Elementary students from grades kindergarten through sixth grade donated items which the sixth grade students organized into Jared Boxes. Over 4,500 items were collected and 404 boxes were constructed in about three weeks.
The students work in partnership with the King’s College Baseball Team and head coach Jerry Greeley. The Jared Boxes are sent to King’s College where members of the baseball team then organize and personally deliver the boxes to Geisinger Hospital.
Rice Elementary has been involved with the Jared Box Project over the past four years. Since then, the sixth grade students have created over 1,000 boxes that have been distributed to local hospitals bringing joy and hope to children within our community.