Students Making Hospital Bags for Those in Need

Service Learning is a central part of an NPS education at all grade levels. On Friday, January 18, NPS students collaborated with their Buddy classes to serve those in need in our community and beyond.

At NPS, service projects allow children to meaningfully engage with the needs of the community in a developmentally appropriate way. As a result, they:
•    Practice leadership
•    Develop empathy
•    Recognize shared responsibility to care for others

This year, we are connecting our In-Service Day with our overall service learning curriculum and buddy program.
All students have been reading about Dr. King’s life and legacy and 1st grade teacher Dede Winkfield has been a longtime supporter in this work as her mother was Dr. King’s assistant. She has some amazing stories to share with the children as she spent a great deal of time with Dr. King.

Projects included:

  • Pre-Kindergarten learned about the 3rd grade partnership with Comfort Cases and watched a video they created. Together they assembled additional cases.
  • Kindergarten learned about the process by which 4th determines their service learning project each year. A central theme in the 4th curriculum is “Finding Your Voice” as they study the birth of democracy in the United States. This year they have chosen to create hospital bags for those in need.
  • 1st heard about 5th grade’s project on supporting those experiencing homelessness and together they created Foot Care Supply bags for Friendship Place in Tenleytown, which connects to 1st grade's annual Tenleytown study.
  • 2nd and 6th explore emergency preparedness both locally and internationally with a focus on displaced people. They assembled school kits for the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance organization to benefit those displaced by the wildfires. 
  • And Nursery assembled toiletry kits known as Fresh Start Boxes for Central Union Mission.

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