NPMS "Make a Difference Day" Program 2016

On Friday, October 28th, the entire student body of New Prairie Middle School spent a half-day observing Make-A-Difference Day with a variety of service projects. A portion of the students & staff worked in the school to make holiday decorations for residents of Millers Merry Manor and Hamilton Grove nursing homes while others created gift bags for pediatric patients at four local hospitals: La Porte, Saint Anthony, Memorial, and St. Joseph.

The large majority of the students and their teachers went into the community raking leaves and doing general cleanup. Area sites include Rolling Prairie, New Carlisle, Hudson Lake, Oak Grove Cemetery, Rolling Prairie Cemetery, Hamilton Grove Cemetery, and The Baptist Cemetery on 350 N.

A few classes spent their day cleaning fire trucks at both the Kankakee Township Fire Department and the New Carlisle Fire Department.

Make-a-Difference Day is part of New Prairie Middle School's month-long theme of “philanthropy” where the school focuses on giving back to the community.

The students at NPMS have been making a difference in our communities for 18 years now. Former eighth grade English Language Arts teacher, Becky Gaff, read about the program in a magazine and shared the idea with then principal Jim Dermody. The rest is history.

If you know of someone who could benefit from our services next fall, please feel free to contact Kelle Cartwright at We will do our very best to add their yard to our list.

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