This year the 2nd graders collected 746 gently used or new books to donate to the 20/30 club of Healdsburg. These books were then given to children in the community that has minimum access to books at home. The Second Graders were determined to give these books in an effort to support other kids in their own adventures with reading. Here is a quote from Julia Lim about why reading is important to her, “Reading is important to me because I wouldn’t be where I am without books. Books have helped me learn and write.” Also please enjoy some other quotes and voice recording of what reading means to some of the other Second Graders.
BOOKS FOR 20-30 KIDS CHRISTMAS
RANDOM ART OF KINDNESS
Service Day, Thursday, May 21
The fourth graders spent time over the past few months brainstorming ways they could make an impact on their community within the confines of a shelter in place. They wanted to express their gratitude toward first responders, spread love and cheer to seniors, as well as beautify their neighborhoods. Eventually, their ideas evolved into “Project Happiness.” They spent time writing letters to seniors who are on hospice, reflecting on the loneliness that may be felt from missing visitors or family members. Other students chose to create “positivity rocks,” which they painted with messages or images of hope. They then placed these around their communities for others to find with the goal of brightening their day. Students also spread positivity through posters they hung in their neighborhoods or delivered to people who they knew were particularly isolated during this time. The final group of students went out on walks, picking up trash as they went. Our class has many students involved with “The Green Team,” who has spent the year informing THS students of the effects of climate change, recycling or composting, and carbon emissions. Many students in our class were inspired by the Green Team, and did research about the positive effects our shelter-in-place has had on the world. Students were excited to take action and help members of their own communities during this difficult time, and look forward to doing more once we are back in school!
This year, Fifth Graders took charge of their own service-learning, choosing action related to their Exhibition topics. Some students created art to inspire the beliefs and behaviors or others, while others worked to clean up their local creeks and neighborhoods. Students wrote letters to encourage companies to behave more responsibly in terms of their environmental policies. Still, others chose to help feed their neighbors by organizing a food drive. One group staged a Pride Bike Parade to show support for the LGBTQ+ community! Fifth graders demonstrated enthusiasm, empathy, and commitment to their community and the people in it through their individual and group actions! We could not be more proud.