Early Childhood Bake Sale for Australia
On January 29, Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten will be hosting a bake sale for Lower Division students on the 2nd and 3rd floors at dismissal times. Lower School students (Grades 1-3) are welcome to bring money to school with them to purchase items at the end of the school day. Early Childhood students (Beginners-Senior Kindergarten) are invited to visit with parents or caregivers after pick-up. Participation is completely voluntary. All proceeds will be donated to aid efforts to show our support for those working hard to contain the devastating fires in Australia.
Winter Coat Drive
Our January Coat Drive is here! We are collecting coats and jackets for all ages and sizes. Men's items are especially needed. Gently used (clean, please) items can be dropped off in the basket in the lobby or handed to the front desk during the drive week. These donations will be distributed to the shelter and food kitchen attendants at Broadway Presbyterian Church and to the families of Ford Hall Food Pantry. Thank you!
United in Service
Service is a natural extension of our school’s religious identity and commitment to educating morally centered students. Service initiatives are part of the curriculum in early childhood through upper school, and we provide many opportunities for students and families to unite in service both locally and globally.
Our approach to service is not just about helping. In age-appropriate ways, we focus on building relationships with the organizations we partner with, and with the people whom those organizations serve.
Love Thy Neighbor
Our neighbors at Broadway Presbyterian Church and its Four-Star Soup Kitchen (half a block away) are our frequent partners. In addition to providing food and supplies through our Thanksgiving Food Chain and February Food Drive, our students connect personally with the people who dine and receive services there. Through the sixth-grade religious knowledge curriculum, students create relationships with the staff and patrons of the soup kitchen and food pantry. They visit regularly, playing board games or otherwise just spending time in conversation. As these relationships grow, students move beyond their own concerns to think about the injustices that their new friends face, and about how they can help to change those injustices for the better.
Our younger students, too, get involved, making cards and decorations that brighten the soup kitchen, or baking desserts to sweeten their meals. They visit to drop-off their creations, so that they know whom and how they are helping.