Friday, October 26, 2018

The Call to Serve - Learning Through Service

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Our school mission states: 
Carolina Friends School is a vibrant and inclusive learning community empowering students to think critically, creatively, and independently. We foster active exploration and quiet reflection, individual endeavor and collaborative engagement. Inspired by Quaker values — pursuit of truth, respect for all, peaceful resolution of conflict, simplicity, the call to service — we teach our children that it is possible to change the world. 
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Our school year began with several stops and starts due to the powerful impacts from Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael in our area. I remember working on planning lessons at home during Hurricane Florence, shifting my plans around to reorganize the lessons to catch my students up once we returned.  While working on these plans, I received an email from one of my students using her parent's email account. She was emailing to ask if we could collect donations for the people in our state impacted by Florence. When we returned to school, I was met by other students who were also wondering what can we do to help. Our children's curiosity and desire to help provided the perfect situation to bring our classroom community together to serve our larger community.  

We set up a service morning at the Diaper Bank of North Carolina. Michelle, the founder of the Diaper Bank of North Carolina, shared her story of how she started the Diaper Bank. She saw a need in the community, and began the diaper bank out of her dining room! She shared with the children how the Diaper Bank had already delivered over 1 million diapers to the eastern coast of North Carolina in response to Hurricane Florence! The emergency deliveries were in addition to the normal organizations and families who rely on diapers from the diaper bank. 

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The children and our parent volunteers spent the morning working in teams to package diapers to be distributed throughout North Carolina. We managed to package about 24,000 diapers, filling three pallets taller than our tallest teacher - Michael!

You could feel our school's mission come to life through our children at the Diaper Bank. They were responding to a call to serve, using their hands and feet to be a part of positive change in the world.  
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