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MS Students Travel to Five Sites for Service Day
Posted 10/19/2015 12:34PM

On October 16, Baldwin’s Middle School students participated in a day of service. Service-Learning allows for students to meaningfully engage in local and global communities to effect positive change. To foster a greater understanding of students’ individual civic-duty and how they can support the communities that need the most help, each grade focused on different service activities.

The overarching theme for our Grade 6 students was “Kids Helping Kids.” Students traveled to one of two sites to fulfill service pertaining to this target: Cradles to Crayons or the Salvation Army Kroc Center. Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive, whether it’s at home, at school or at play. Students volunteering at this site cleaned and sorted toys and packaged items for small children. The Salvation Army Kroc Center of Philadelphia exists to provide people with individual opportunities for developing body, mind and spirit in a state-of-the-art caring Christian environment, and our students packaged meals and food bags in its food pantry.

Grade 7 students focused their services in the community to places that work toward “Food Access & Hunger Relief.” Students volunteered with the Share Food Program, which provides nutritious food packages and emergency food relief to a network of 550 food cupboards and 250 host organizations each month.

Eighth grade students focused their service activities on the “Environment & Sustainability.” Half of the grade travelled to Bartram’s Garden while the other half travelled to Riverbend Environmental Education Center. Bartam’s Garden is a 45-acre National Historic Landmark, operated by the John Bartram Association in cooperation with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation; it is a destination, outdoor classroom, living laboratory and inspiration to audiences of all ages to care for the natural world. Baldwin students assisted with park clean-up and helped prep for the upcoming Shiverfest fundraiser. Riverbend is a 30-acre reserve that boasts a rich and varied history. Students visiting this site had the opportunity to understand their connection to the natural world through hands-on, real world experiences like cleaning the river walk and planting in the children’s garden.

Upon their return to school, each participating group of students engaged in meaningful discussion and reflection on the impact they made in the community.

To see photos from MS Service Day, click here.

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