Indian Trail students Jayger Brewer and Kate Carter

Cupids appear as Indian Trail comes together to collect items for students


The school year may only be a few months from wrapping up, but the life lessons continue to pile up for Indian Trail students. Most recently, the Indian Trail student body worked together to collect over 1,700 items for two in-school charities.

There was a motivating factor, however, besides kindness, as securing just 250 items forced the administration team to dress up as cupids. While dressing up as cupid wasn’t the first choice for Indian Trail Principal Dr. James Jacobs and assistant principals Chris Feathers and Dr. Allecia Frizzell, they didn’t mind to join in on the fun for a good cause.

“I love joking around with the kids and if it is something that is important to them, I’ll do it,” Jacobs said through a smile. “One of the things that we talk about (as a school) is empathy and how we take care of other people. I’m proud of our kids because they do care about people in their own community. I think that is awesome and very powerful.”

Indian Trail 6th-grader Kate Carter, who serves as an Indian Trial student ambassador, originally came up with the idea in December, but soon realized that there are numerous collection efforts during the holidays and not so many to start the new year when the same needs exist. So she thought that doing it in February would be a prime time to help restock.

The plan, Carter said, was for 5th-graders to bring in non-perishable food items for Teddy’s Food Pantry, a designated space where children with no lunch can go to get something to eat. Teddy’s Food Pantry is in memory of long-time Indian Trail custodian Christopher Columbus “Teddy” Hartsaw Jr., who passed away in 2015, but never let a child go hungry at Indian Trail.

The 6th-graders were given the task of collecting clothing items for Anna’s Clothing Closet, which helps provide students with new or gently used clothing and hygiene items. Anna’s closet is named in memory of Anna Love, an Indian Trail student that passed away in 2000.

Carter said that she was happy with the student body’s response and that they were able to restock both Anna’s Closet and Teddy’s Pantry.  

“It really shows that we can all come together and that Indian Trail really is an amazing place,” Carter said. “We can make a difference in our classmates’ lives and in our community and sometimes you just want to make a difference.”

That is exactly what the clothing and food drive will do.

“It’s very heartwarming to see our school come together for a good cause,” said Indian Trail 6th-grader and Student Ambassador Jayger Brewer said. “We all wanted to help raise items for students in our school that are in need, but we also got an added bonus to see the principals dressed up.”

While the students got a laugh out of seeing the administration dressed up, the administrative team smiled thinking about their student body’s ability to help one another.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Dr. Jacobs said. “I’m proud of our students, they did a great job.”