Sarah Grace Dearmond Day of Service

Clear Falls Students Donate More Than 750 Teddy Bears in Honor of Former Student
Posted on 02/26/2020
Clear Falls Students Pose with Teddy BearsA group of students from the Village Vault School Store at Clear Falls High School donated more than 750 teddy bears to the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Galveston County (CASA) on Tuesday.

Business and Marketing Teacher Lauren Jeffcoat started the Sarah Grace Dearmond Day of Service in honor of her former student, who was hit by a drunk driver on February 25, 2019 while away at college in Lubbock.

“She had a giving spirit all through college and all through her life and that’s what I felt would be a great way to honor her and teach my students something at the same time,” said Jeffcoat, who taught Dearmond for two years.

Students started their service day by volunteering at the Galveston County Food Bank and performed random acts of kindness at lunch. Finally, the group donated the teddy bears collected from donations from fellow students, staff and community members, mirroring a similar service project Dearmond did in college.

“We are just picking that up and doing this in memory of her,” said student Anna Taylor. “It’s more personal because I was here when it affected everyone around me. It affected friends and teachers.” 

Dearmond was heavily involved on campus and was part of a group of students who wrote a paper to open the school store. She also planned an entire 5K race to support the Hydrocephalus Association as her senior service project.

“Making a targeted marketing campaign for service is how I wanted to remember her,” added Jeffcoat.

The bears will be given to children within the foster care system.

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