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Baldwin’s Upper School students participated in a spring day of service on April 13, volunteering at 11 sites and supporting 13 organizations in the greater Philadelphia region. The girls, along with the support and guidance of their deans, advisors and chaperons, spread out across the Delaware Valley to serve those in need.
In the morning, Grade 9 made sandwiches, breakfast bags, placemats and door signs for residents of Project Home, which empowers adults, children and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Grade 10 watched the movie “An Inconvenient Truth,” about global climate change. Grade 11 watched the movie “A Place at the Table,” about the growing epidemic of hunger in the United States. Grade 12 students made sandwiches, utensil packets and placemats for Cathedral Kitchen in Camden, NJ, which provides essential life services that support the health and well-being of those in the community, including a meal service in their dining hall.
After the morning activities, the Upper School students traveled to 11 different sites for service projects. Grade 9 students served children in need at Cradles to Crayons in Conshohocken, PA, and at Smith Playground in East Fairmount Park.
Grade 10 students focused on environmental service by restoring structures, planting trees, rebuilding trails, mulching, weeding and other tasks. They served at Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia, Riverbend Environmental Education Center in Gladwyne, PA, and Schuylkill River Banks organization.
Grade 11 students concentrated their day of service around food access and hunger relief. They packaged meals for those in need through the SHARE Food Program in Philadelphia and prepared food and worked in the gardens of The Neighborhood Center in Camden.
Grade 12 students focused on the needs of the local community by serving at The Bryn Mawr Thrift Shop, Our Closet, The Clarke School and The Kroc Center.
While the students were at their afternoon service sites, Coordinator of Service-Learning Stephanie Wujcik Griffin delivered the results from the morning service projects, which was more than 400 sandwiches, 1,000 utensil packets, 125 breakfast bags and countless placemats and door signs to Project HOME and Cathedral Kitchen. Both organizations were thrilled to receive the donations and immediately distributed them to residents and community members in need.
See photos from Service Day here.