John Clarke Elementary 3rd Graders take 20th annual ‘Karen’s Hero’s Program’


(WBRE/ WYOU)- Some young school children are getting a special lesson this week.
      It combines learning, civics and keeping a commitment. 

These D.H.H. Lengel Middle School students stepped into the teacher role, Showing 3rd graders at John S. Clarke Elementary School what the Majestic Theater and what performing arts mean to them. 

“My good friend of mine wrote a musical so we are here to show them that anyone can do anything,” Madison Eroh, D.H.H. Lengel middle school 7th grader said.

It’s all a part of the Karen’s Hero’s Program.
Karen Chattin Ney was a 3rd grade teacher at the elementaty school who passed away 20 years ago from cancer. This is a video that middle school students made in honor this years anniversary.

“The most interesting part about learning about ‘Karen Heros’ is learning about all the different charities,” Megan Goodman, John S. Clarke Elementary School 3rd grader said.

each day this week, a local non-profit visits the third grade class to teach them about the organization and its role in the community to honor Karen’s commitment to giving back. 

“Karen was a third grade teacher and i am glad that they all want to do this program so they can help,” Jemma Daubert, John S. Clarke elementary school 3rd grader said.

After learning about the five organizations, each student will receive one of these ballots to cast their vote. Each vote is worth $10 and will go towards the organization that they choose to support.

All five non-profits will receive a cash contribution.
Teachers say the goal is to ingrain the importance of the volunteering and giving back.

“They’re understanding it. They are excited everyday to learn about a new organization. They are journaling everyday  so that they can go back reflect on it so on Friday and see which one moved them the most,” Katie Porrino, John S. Clarke Elementary School 3rd grade teacher said.

Karen’s legacy of community involvement passed to a new generation.

In past years, the votes were worth $5 but organizers decided to bump up the amount for the 20th anniversary for a grand total of $2500. 

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