(SPRINGFIELD, Ky.) – Jesse McClain, a 6th grade student at North Washington Middle School, used his service hour requirement as a member of the school’s Junior Beta Club to create “hope boxes” with encouraging notes for the residents of local rehabilitation facility, the Isaiah House, in Willisburg, Kentucky. North Washington Junior Beta students are required to complete 20 service hours per school year. 10 of those hours must be individual community service hours. According to it’s website, the Isaiah House is a not-for-profit organization with treatment facilities in Washington and Nelson County. It has been providing residential addiction treatment services in the central Kentucky area since 1999. The center is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and is dual licensed with the state of Kentucky as an Alcohol and Other Drug Entity and the Behavioral Health Science Organization.
McClain, with the help of his father, made the two boxes out of wood. He and his mother and grandmother wrote inspiring quotes on 400 slips of paper, 200 going into each box. “I thought that people who are trying to get away from addictions may be sad because they’re away from their families,” says McClain. “I thought they needed to be happy again. If they have a bad day, they can grab a box and read an inspiring quote and feel better again.” According to a press release from the Isaiah House, “The clients at Isaiah House were blown away and so thankful for the gifts.”
NWMS teacher and Junior Beta sponsor Erica Baker said that the club’s goal is to help students understand the responsibility of citizenship and belonging to a community and how they can help support that community in a positive way. “I was overwhelmed with the amount of appreciation shown to Jesse at the reveal and it warmed my heart to see how much these handmade notes meant to the residents,” says Baker. “One resident chose a note, opened it, and showed it to Joanna Early [public relations coordinator for the Isaiah House]. Joanna said, ‘You don’t understand what this means to her. This message is specific to the challenge she has experienced today!’ I am so proud of how Jesse has embraced this community service project. He has really shown his leadership by serving others, which is the Junior Beta motto.”
Jesse is the son of Melody and Rusty McClain.