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Baldwin’s Middle School had its first of two Service Days this fall, where each grade level participated in a different service project, based around their class theme for the year:
Grade 6 - Children in Need - Sixth grade students supported children in need by volunteering at Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse in Fairmount, where they helped clean and clear the grounds.
Grade 7 - Food Access & Hunger Relief - In conjunction with the 7th grade Social Studies curriculum, students packaged meals to be delivered across Philadelphia, put together several hundred boxes for future use and unloaded an entire truck of packaged goods at SHARE Food Program.
Grade 8 - Environmental Sustainability - In conjunction with the 8th grade Environmental Science curriculum, students helped prepare the gardens for winter by clearing weeds and brush, sowing the ground with rye seeds to prevent soil erosion and spread mulch along the pathways at Bartram's Gardens.
In addition, the 7th and 8th graders made more than 250 soy butter and jelly sandwiches, over 125 breakfast bags, 95 Halloween snack bags and many utensil packets and placemats for Cathedral Kitchen and Project HOME.
Service happens inside the school, as well, and is often student driven. A few examples of some of the activities that are happening at Baldwin include:
- ECC Service Club that meets every Friday through lunch to help out our youngest Baldwin students
- Bake sale to support breast cancer research, put together by seven enterprising 6th grade students
- Rift Valley Children's Village Holiday Gift collection, providing 130 children with presents and treats. Students also sold t-shirts to purchase sports equipment for RVCV
- 12 full Thanksgiving meals to help the clients of Family Support Services experience a warm, healthful holiday
- Raised awareness about and funds for the American Cancer Society on our annual Denim Day.
- Bake sale to raise funds to create welcome baskets for the children living at theVillage (previously the Presbyterian Children's Village)
- Holiday cards for the residents of theVillage and Main Line Adult Day Center
Coming up in January, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, students will partner with their peers at The Haverford and Agnes Irwin Schools to package more than 20,000 meals for food insecure communities around the world. With the help of Stop Hunger Now, the results of their efforts will be sent to and distributed across Zambia.
As you can see, MS efforts continue to link education with action as the girls serve others!