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Brooke student collects items to donate

DONATION — Ivy Myers, a seventh-grader at Brooke Middle School, stands with the many items she collected during a donation drive for the St. John’s Home for Children in Wheeling. -- Contributed

WHEELING — A seventh-grader recently showered the St. John’s Home for Children with donations as part of her Junior National Honor Society service project. Ivy Myers, a seventh-grade student at Brooke Middle School, collected and donated a variety of hygiene items and games for the home that helps boys ages 6-12 who have been neglected or abused.

Amy Pramesa, executive assistant at St. John’s Home for Children of Wheeling, said Myers contacted her about doing the project, which is a requirement of joining the society.

“It did not take Ivy very long to figure out a project. She knew she wanted to help children in the community,” Pramesa said, noting she remembered another person helping the home in the past through volunteer work.

Myers, with help from her mom, decided to ask for help from friends and family on Facebook.

“Ivy donated a carful of items including beach towels, food, hygiene supplies, games, summer items and many other things,” Pramesa said. “Without generous people in our community and young people like Ivy they would not be able to do what we do.”

In addition to excelling at school, Myers also enjoys playing soccer, video games, hiking and amusement parks. She is also training to be a volunteer at Oglebay’s Good Zoo.

Pramesa noted St. John’s Home for Children is a residential treatment facility.

“The boys have all been abused or neglected. We are a Level 2 facility, meaning they must be able to attend our local public schools,” she said.

“While they are here with us, they receive treatment and therapy. Some boys return home while others are placed in a foster-to-adopt home.”

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