STUDENTS GATHER GOODS FOR OASIS SHELTER HOME

March 09, 2001 11:00 pm

When three Azalea Middle School students decided to collect donated goods for Oasis Shelter Home for women and children, they wanted to get more than the usual food and clothes.

We wanted to get things that they really need on a daily basis, said fifth grader Katrina Lines.

On Wednesday, Lines and her two classmates, Teal Mace and Abby Beckley, presented their bounty to Alice Maybee, executive director of the womens shelter, and Nancy McClelland, chairman of the Oasis board of directors.

One large cardboard box was stuffed with four-packs of toilet paper. A second box was filled with toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps and bottles of fancy shampoos.

This is wonderful. This is stuff we always need, Maybee told the girls.

The students project was part of Spring Fling, a service learning aspect of the character education program at Azalea Middle School. The program is designed to help build students character in areas such as respect responsibility, caring and civic virtue, said Azalea Dean Darrell Erb.

Previous student projects include beach and park clean ups coordinated by teachers. This one for Oasis Shelter Home was the first initiated by the three students, Erb said.

Its really cool when the students say they want to help, he said. Its even better when they come up with the ideas themselves. Thats when their real character emerges.

In search of goods, the students went to Tresse FX salon at the Port of Brookings.

When we told them we were collecting things for Oasis House, they cleaned out their cupboard and closets for us, Beckley said.

The students went to S&K Dollar store in Harbor and left with a box full of toilet paper.

The also went to several hotels and collected individual containers of shampoo and soaps. Several dentists donated toothbrushes and toothpaste, Mace said.

It really felt good to do this, she said.

Maybee said the shelter is always in need of volunteers and donations. Oasis recently issued a 2001 wish list of 36 needed items from diapers to cell phones to frozen meats.

Donations can be sent to the Oasis Shelter Home at P.O. Box 932, Gold Beach, OR 97444, or call (541) 247-7600.