Helping Works

OATHS hosts back to school day for Treasure Valley kids in need

The Organization Assisting the Homeless Student is a local, grassroots effort born at Bishop Kelly High in Boise. It enlists students to help other, less fortunate students living in local shelters. On Thursday, the OATHS gang of 15 students hosted a “back to school” day for 55 kids who are homeless. The group loaded into the special OATHS bus the group bought last year and headed for Eagle.

The first stop, said Bishop Kelly teacher and OATHS advisor David Skinner, was the Nike Factory Store. Each of the 55 homeless students got to pick out a pair of new shoes. The group then went next door to the Gap Outlet for new pants.

One nice touch — both stores knew about the project and sold items for an average of 50 percent off the normal price.

“We all had a great time and as usual the volunteers had just as much fun as the kids they were helping,” said Skinner.

The Thursday outing was the largest single outing OATHS has organized.

This summer, 30 students from Bishop Kelly have already given 500 hours in volunteer time at local shelters mentoring and tutoring.

OATHS is open to students from across the Treasure Valley. Learn more online about how to get involved. 

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