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At Ozark North Elementary, CUB gives a helping hand


Friendship, helping others and snacks — these are a few things North Elementary students say they like about CUB.

“CUB is our Campus Union Board for third and fourth graders at North. There are two representatives elected from each third and fourth grade class at the beginning of the school year,” teacher Amanda Idell said. “We meet after school one time per month and focus on service projects throughout the year.”

For the month of December, the meeting consisted of sorting and counting toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant and other items collected for Care to Learn through the recent hygiene drive. In fact, they counted 918 items, which were all donated by North Elementary students and staff.

“We are school representatives to help the community and we do projects,” fourth grader Britton Gibbons said. “This hygiene drive is helping people.”

Helping people seems to be a central theme of CUB. Third grader Nash Widel said the group helps lots of people — but that’s not the only reason he likes CUB.

“What I like about our CUB meeting is we get to have a snack,” he said while eating a Christmas cookie. He admitted, however, that he would want to come to the meetings even if there weren’t snacks because “it’s good to be nice to people.”

“We give stuff to people who are in need and people who don’t get a lot of stuff. We talk about how much we can do to help people,” he said.

Idell said the group coordinates a Socktober sock drive each October for Least Of These, a hygiene drive for Care to Learn in November and December, and KARE grams for Valentine's Day to benefit Operation Half-Pint.

And while the kids are learning to give back to the community, they’re also eating snacks, laughing and forming friendships.

“CUB is about friendship and helping other people,” third grader Carmen Bachman said.