For nearly ten years, our Eighth Grade class has focused on Service Learning as a key component of their Social Studies curriculum. They research food insecurity and the causes of homelessness, and they learn that 1 in 5 children in the United States struggle with hunger each day. They volunteer together at the San Francisco Food Bank and GLIDE Memorial, and they participate in the We Schools initiative, which focuses on shifting young people’s focus “from Me to We.”
One of their largest initiatives throughout the year is Adopt-a-Family, which came to a close last week. Eighth Grade students led the charge to collect toys and clothes for local families.
“Thank you to our parent volunteers, who delivered more than 35 full bags of gifts to Coastside Hope,” said Wendy Connolly, who leads the initiative. “Thank you to the teachers, too, for helping the Eighth Graders connect with families. Students created sign-up lists, met with Lower School classes, announced at assembly, wrote to parents and teachers, sent friendly reminders, and made sure they collected all the correct items for each family. We donated holiday gifts to 16 families.”