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Through the leadership and collaboration with the Family & Consumer Science teacher, scholars participated in wellness week. If you do not know, Wellness Week is a week where students are introduced to and made aware of healthy practices. The school had special speakers in and special super healthy options available in the cafeteria.
On Tuesday, all day in the library, youths were given the opportunity to make paper colored construction baskets. The baskets were to be filled with candy for a psychiatric children’s hospital.
The day started out with recruiting regular library kids to “help” make a basket. They happily complied as they were playing on their cell phones waiting for school to start. Groups of high school girls and boys were thrilled to be able to contribute and help children less fortunate than them.
In the spirit of giving back and doing for others, many scholars, both hanging out in the library and in classes that were brought in specifically for this event, participated in this giving and making opportunity.
The art teacher had made templates to make the basket construction process easier and the library assistant cut size specific paper.
At some point it was discovered that since the baskets held two little staples, they could not be donated as children at the hospital could harm themselves with the staples if removed.
So instead, the baskets were donated to a nearby senior facility. As an FYI, many seniors are lonely near holidays or crave conversation and companionship in general.
The baskets were a big hit since someone they didn’t even know thought of them. People always like to be considered and when a complete stranger is doing it, it warms your heart like a big hug.
Even though the baskets were empty since the candy was donated to the children’s hospital, you should have seen how happy the seniors were!
Student service learning is always a great way to support the curriculum and develop citizenship while building community and collaboration within the school library.