Lynhurst 7th and 8th Grade Center was at it again Thursday. Led by teacher Chris Moore, the students of Lynhurst continue to reach out to the community and support The Salvation Army.

Lynhurst’s recent outreach project was a Fall Festival at The Salvation Army Ruth Lilly Women and Children’s Center. The event took place in the Ruth Lilly Center’s parking lot. Children staying at the shelter spent the afternoon playing carnival-style games provided by Party Time Rental.

The children squealed with delight as they bobbed for apples, picked lucky ducks, got their faces painted and jumped in the bounce house. A crowd favorite was the slime tank. And of course it wouldn’t be a Fall Festival without a pumpkin patch, candy and good food.

“The Fall Festival was great, and we are so thankful,” said Holly Moore, Special Projects Coordinator for the Ruth Lilly Center. “It meant a lot to the kids and mothers at the shelter. Without the thoughtfulness of Chris and his kids at Lynhurst, the kids here at the shelter would never get to experience something like this, at least not on their own.”

Chris passed all the credit along to his students. He said he told the students to brainstorm and come up with ideas to help the Salvation Army.

“They came up with all of this,” he said. “The haircuts—all of it.”

Besides the games and festival flare, students came up with the idea to have Great Clips come and give haircuts to the women and children staying at the shelter. They also painted bedrooms, brightening the basic off-white into shades of baby blue and pink.

“I like to help the community with projects,”  Summer Holka said. “We also went to Culver’s to raise money.”

Hulka, a 7th grader was joined by fellow Lynhurst classmate Jessica Shearer for the painting.

“I’m so excited about the colors I get to use,” Shearer said. “I was actually the last one picked. Mr. Moore said I seemed like I liked helping people and asked me to do this. I said yes!”

Throughout the month of September, Lynhurst students held a pumpkin drive in order to raise money for the materials needed to host the Fall Festival at the Ruth Lilly Center. Students also participated in a dine-to-donate night at Culver’s. The collection brought in $500.

But this wasn’t the first time Lynhurst extended a hand in support to The Salvation Army. Last October and November, students held a canned food drive to help the Salvation Army City Corps food pantry. More than 1,100 items were collected. In December of 2011, the students and their parents rang bells in front of Emmis during Radiothon.

“Projects and ideas are completely student driven,” Chris said. “Students understand the meaning and importance of their projects. When asked why they are doing these projects they respond: ‘We are providing hope to the kids in the shelter. They are kids just like us and deserve to have fun too.'”

The Walmart Foundation was also on hand to present The Salvation Army with a $100,000 grant check for hunger initiatives in central Indiana.

Check out the Fall festival fun here.