Fostering hope

Robinson Elementary School students are helping foster children throughout West Michigan.
Krystle Wagner
Nov 4, 2013


Three kindergarten classes and one Young Fives class spent weeks collecting stuffed animals, blankets, books and more. Their efforts allowed them to filled 40 bags that will give foster children something they can call their own.

The items were donated to Pathways, MI. The Holland-based organization assists families and children in 10 West Michigan counties.

Robinson kindergartners McKayla Goossen and Hayden Howell said they feel “great” helping other children.

Goossen said everyone “put love” into collecting items, because they thought about what they enjoy playing with and donated that for other children. The 5-year-old said she made a special blanket to donate.

“They’re part of our community,” she said of the foster children they sought to help. “They’re our friends.”

Howell said he thinks they can help even more children and their families, such as raise money for them. The 6-year-old said he made a teddy bear at Build-A-Bear to donate.

“Because I helped them, I think they’re going to be happy,” he said.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



The teachers name is Jaime Dibling, not Diblinger.


This is awesome.


Robinson Elementary is a Gem of a School! The service, values and attitudes within those walls reminds you of days gone by.


I was thinking the same, some 50 years gone by. Great to see them learning the basic attributes of life in a building some deem too old to learn in. Proud of these kids!


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