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Kids helping kids

Jarrett’s Joy Cart has a big presence in schools. From toy drives to penny wars to pie-in-the-teacher’s-face contests, every little bit from every student, teacher, parent and administrator is important.

The Joy Cart project, Jarrett’s story, and Marvin Bartlett’s biography, The Joy Cart: The Story of a Boy and His Toys, can be integrated easily into the curriculum on any level. Many school clubs and organizations have adopted the Joy Cart as a community service project.

Click here to download the information packet, “Jarrett’s Joy Cart in the Schools…Kids Helping Kids.”

Across the Commonwealth and beyond, students, teachers and administrators are doing what they can to help Jarrett’s Joy Cart. Check out this story from Lexington, Kentucky’s Edythe J. Hayes Middle School:

School counselor and cancer survivor, Shawn Reaves, met Jarrett when they were celebrating at a local Relay for Life event in the ’90s. Fast forward to 2009 when this dynamo counselor decided to integrate Jarrett’s story into the Edythe J. Hayes Middle School Character Education Curriculum. The students in the Service Club fell in love with Jarrett’s story and his Joy Cart project and wanted to help. The school-wide outpouring was overwhelming!

Several years into the effort, enter Lois Wiggins, Director of the Band staff. Ms. Wiggins and her team of Dr. April Kite and Mr. Bill Kite, wanted to get involved. They wanted their nationally-award winning musicians to develop philanthropically as well as musically and turned their annual Holiday Concert into a fundraising effort for the Joy Cart. Each year, these remarkably talented young people collect donations of money, gift cards and toys, that are proudly presented to Jennifer Mynear at their annual concert. Talk about spreading Holiday Cheer! Edythe J. Hayes Middle School, their band and students are music to the children served by Jarrett’s Joy Cart’s ears!

Contact thejoycart@gmail.com to see how your school can help.

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