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Baldwin’s MS students experienced a powerful and achievement-packed Service Day on May 15. The girls served nine community partners last week, and were engaged in all forms of service: direct, indirect, and advocacy.
Service Days help the girls to cultivate practical problem-solving skills, empathy and social consciousness, and a deeper understanding of the complexities of our world.
In the morning, every homeroom made some dinner décor for Cathedral Kitchen, which is an organization that serves dinner to an average of 325 guests every day, six days a week. The girls made utensil packets for dinner guests, fun and welcoming placemats and creative centerpieces for Cathedral Kitchen’s dining room. The people who come to the Kitchen to eat are among the poorest residents of Camden, NJ: the homeless, the jobless, those with disabilities or addiction problems, and the working poor. They range in age from infants to the elderly.
Later that morning, Grade VI visited The Clarke School in Bryn Mawr, as well as Smith Playground & Playhouse in East Fairmount Park. Grade VII worked at Broad Street Ministries, The Neighborhood Center in Camden and at Baldwin working on various tasks such as making sandwiches and working in the community garden behind the LS and Schoolhouse.
Together, the MS community:
- Raised $365 for Philadelphia Reads, Pantene Beautiful Lengths, and the CHOP Research Institute - three organizations that they served throughout the school year.
- Created enough utensil packets, placemats, and centerpieces to support two meals at the Cathedral Kitchen - that's 650 dinner guests!
- Prepared 130 sandwiches to be distributed to individuals in need after they dine at Cathedral Kitchen.
- Served lunch to more than 200 of Philadelphia's homeless at Broad Street Ministry.
- Helped children experience a clean, safe space in which to play by volunteering at Smith Playground & Playhouse.
- Supported the work of The Clarke School through the power of play and empathy.
- Provided healthy options for families in need at the Neighborhood Center's community garden.
- Served needs in our Baldwin community by beautifying our community gardening and planting vegetables for faculty.
- When each group returned to Baldwin and finished their service projects, they met to reflect on the day’s activities and share different service experiences. This gave the girls the opportunity to challenge preconceptions and assumptions and to generate solutions to local and global issues so they can envision their roles as change-makers.
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