STUCO collecting donations for ‘Sunshine kits’

Partnering with the Nevada Project for Homeless Youth


Dwayne Soria

Hoping to create a positive school environment and contribute to the community, Student Council is hosting a food drive for the Nevada Project for Homeless Youth. “As a school we want to help the less fortunate community and provide them with the resources we can,” Design Academy Vice President Kiersten Simmons said. “Students can see that this issue is troubling for the community and give back in any way that they possibly can.”

Tishie Nyitray and Hannah Paine

From March 1-10, Student Council will continue to collect goods for the Nevada Project for Homeless Youth. These goods will be used to create “Sunshine Kits” and will be given to the homeless youth around Las Vegas. 

“The food and items donated will go to the Nevada homeless youth who are in need of some necessities,” Design Academy vice president Kiersten Simmons said. “We are collecting items like Cup of Noodles, juice boxes, fruit snacks, granola bars, oatmeal, chips, and candy.”

Each student can bring their donations to their eighth-period classes, and the classes who collect the most goods during the duration of the drive will win an ice cream social. 

“By rewarding the class with the most donations, we hope to receive more donations and grab students’ attention on the issue,” Simmons said. “They might be donating to win an ice cream party, but they are also helping the cause and helping us with our goal.” 

Student Council plans to collect enough items to put together and deliver at least 100 kits, but hopes the student body will help make exceed that goal. 

We are hoping to bring awareness to this great organization,” Student Council adviser Michael Woxland said. “It will help our student population reflect on the things that matter most and reflect on all that we have and are fortunate enough to be able to provide for others. Doing good for others often has a positive effect on ourselves. We feel more fulfilled and happy.”

The increase in youth homelessness in Las Vegas and the rest of Nevada is not commonly discussed and Simmons believes this is an incredible opportunity to help the community.

 “I would hope it would create a nicer school environment because of what the food drive is working towards and what it is doing for the community,” Simmons said. “This is a great organization with a great mission and we are excited to help them in any possible way.”