Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference. And we have a choice: what sort of difference do we want to make?
- Jane Goodall
Before leaving for winter break, GSB lower, middle, and upper school students organized a series of service learning projects to give back to our local communities and support those in need during the holiday season.
Lower School “Kids Can Help” Project
As one of the Lower School’s annual service learning projects, First Graders joined together to lead the GSB “Kids CAN Help” project. Students invited the full lower school community to donate canned food items to benefit the Chester Mendham Food Pantry to provide food stability to families in need during the holiday season. In total, the Lower School collected an incredible 906 cans!
The project, which has been a lower school staple for over twenty years, allows First Graders to practice their mathematics skills by organizing cans into groups of 10. After counting, categorizing, and graphic each can, students work in groups to stack the cans into pyramids along the Cox building hallways.
In addition to strengthening their arithmetic and geometry, the project is designed to incorporate character education and community service by showing students how hard work and charity can create an impact on those around them. At the end of the can collection, past GSB parent Joyce Casillo P ‘94 invited the first grade classes to visit the Chester Mendham Food Pantry to learn about the distribution process and see how their efforts will help families and individuals during the winter season.
Middle School Community Service Club Winter Drive
The Middle School Community Service Club organized a very generous and considerate winter clothing drive to spread warmth over the holiday season.
As part of the week-long drive, 5th to 8th graders collected new and gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves, snowsuits, humidifiers, and baby items across the middle school community. After the drive was complete, students then donated the items to HomeFront NJ, a non-profit organization located in Lawrenceville whose mission is to end homelessness in Central New Jersey through services such as emergency shelter, transitional housing, clothing and household resources, and prevention services.
Upper School Women’s Empowerment Club Clothing Drive
The Upper School Women’s Empowerment Club led a week-long clothing drive to benefit Dress for Success, a non-profit organization located in New York City that empowers women to achieve economic success by providing professional attire.
Over the course of the drive, club leaders worked with several US advisories to collect over 100 pieces of clothing and professional attire for the drive. The club plans to drop off the clothing to Dress for Success in early January!
Upper School Hispanic Heritage and Culture Club Toy Drive
The Upper School Hispanic Heritage and Culture Club continued its annual holiday drive to help NJ families in need celebrate the holidays. Throughout December, club leaders worked with Upper Schoolers to collect new, unwrapped toys for El Centro Hispanoamericano, a non-profit organization located in Plainfield that provides legal representation for individuals seeking U.S. citizenship and other immigration services. This year’s drive was another huge success with students collecting several dozen toy bags!