Sunday, May 1, 2016

Two New Community Service Projects - 5th Grade Track and Cancer Fundraiser

It is always so exciting to watch our students get excited about making a difference for others in our community - especially when that empathy and caring is so much a part of the core values of Shelburne Community School and CSSU.   That is why each trimester a new group of our 8th grade class focuses their Thursday afternoon Arts and Citizenship work on developing a project to demonstrate how they will "contribute positively to their community.

In this post I want to highlight two very different projects.   The first is our third annual collaboration with Charlotte Community School that has grown to become much anticipated springtime tradition.   A team of five girls is organizing this year's "Spring Fling" - where CCS and SCS middle school students will come together for an evening of food, music and activities on Friday May 20.   This year the event is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, a charity that was selected based on a survey the girls gave to all of our middle school students.  There will also be a canned food drive as part of the admission, with the donations being given to the Charlotte Food Bank by their organizing team.   Here is a short interview with our committee explaining their project:

Click here if you can't see the video Spring Fling Cancer Fundraiser

The second project I'd like to highlight grows directly from our growing Track and Field program.   For the past two years teacher / coach extraordinaire Devon Morrill has spearheaded the develop of our first ever Middle School track team.   Starting as her volunteer project that attended just a couple meets in 2014, this year the team has grown to over forty students who will be competing in four full meets and hopefully qualifying some runners, jumpers or thrower for the Middle School State Championship meet at the end of May.   Two of our most enthusiastic 8th grade tracksters came up with the idea of starting a Friday Fifth Grade Track Club as a way to help recruit even more runners for the future.   They will practice with the team each Friday in May and actually take part in a meet on May 20 at CVU.  Here are the boys talking about their project:

Click here if you can't see the video 5th Grade Track and Field

Hard to believe that soon these students and their 90+ classmates will be walking across a stage to get their diplomas and head off to high school!   We certainly will miss them, but great to see that many are working hard to leave a positive impact behind them as they move on to new adventures.    Thanks for reading - Allan

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