Sixth-grader Kevin Sterling said he also likes participating in the Big Change Roundup because he has friends and family who have been helped by the hospital. Even if he didn't, he said he would still do what he could to support the cause.
"I just like helping people," he said. "I think it's really important because it helps everybody."
"I think that it's really cool because we're young people helping out a hospital and families in need," added sixth-grader Rheanna Meier, who has helped each year NCCS has been involved.
The administrators from each of the school district's four buildings have been enthusiastic in offering their support, which has been instrumental, said Trombley. That cooperation has demonstrated to students like those in the Little Buddies, Big Buddies program what it takes to be community-oriented, she said.
"It's important, because if we have kids who are interested in helping the community now when they're in middle school and high school, it gets them ready to be active community members," said Trombley.
While he applauds the district-wide participation, middle school principal Thomas Q. Brandell said the involvement couldn't have been possible if not for Trombley getting the ball rolling.
"We want to do as much as we can in the school community to help out with local endeavors such as this and having such mentors and people like Melody Trombley is very important," he said.
Students will continue to collect money for the Big Change Roundup until Friday, March 13. After that date, the school will still gladly take donations for the hospital, she said, and see they are given to the hospital.
For more information, contact Trombley at 298-8681, or visit www.bigchangeroundup.org.