By the age of eighteen, many foster children are suddenly on their own, left to fend for themselves and build their own lives from the bottom up. Some Amarillo College students are teaming up to lend a helping hand. NewsChannel 10's Tina Berasley shares their story.
Badger Hearts Club sponsor Tricia Stevens is proud of her students. She says, "When someone tells me, 'Oh these students today, they're worth nothing, they don't care about anyone,' I tell them, 'Oh yes, there are students that do care about others and I'll tell you about our badger hearts.'"
The Badger Hearts Club of Amarillo College has spent the whole school year raising money for eighteen special high school graduates as part of their "Hope Chest Project."
President Rosemarie Hagadus explains why they chose this project: "[These graduates] have been down a rough road, so we feel that they have accomplished something by finishing high school. Since the drop out rates now are incredibly high we want to help them, and that's our sole purpose to help them."
Each student involved in the program gets $500 worth of supplies for their new apartment including bedding, appliances and pots and pans. Foster child and future Randall High School graduate Jade Haddock says that she is looking forward to having a place of her own, stocked with all new supplies: "It's really meaningful to me. It helps me to stay positive and think that I could do this; I could do this just because so many people are rooting for me."
Haddock is going to West Texas A&M University this fall to become a social worker so that she can give back to the community what others, like Rosemarie, have given to her.
When asked why foster kids are special to the Badger Hearts Club, Hagadus replies, "Because they're kids. They're our future, they are our tomorrow. If we don't nurture our tomorrow then where are we going to be at?"