Junior School Gets into the Spirit of Service

Even the youngest members of SMUS have been bitten by the service bug. This month, the Grade 5 students prepared stockings for children in the Dominican Republic and the Grade 2 students raised funds for toys for Santas Anonymous. Teachers Kathleen Cook and Nina Duffus couldn’t be happier with the hard work and giving spirit of their students.

Christmas Stockings for Orphans in the Dominican Republic
by Kathleen Cook, Grade 5 teacher
The Grade 5 students have been busy this month working on a service project for an orphanage in the Dominican Republic that will soon be visited by a group of our Senior School students. The students listened to a presentation given by Senior School students Nicole Cook and Graham Inglis, who were on the trip to the Dominican Republic last year and were able to share their first-hand understanding of the needs of the children at the orphanage. 

Following this presentation, the Grade 5 students have enthusiastically immersed themselves in preparation of the next trip, for which the senior students will depart on December 30. The children have prepared 42 cozy red stockings and filled them with small gifts to go to the children at the orphanage. They wrote individual letters and sent photos of themselves filling the stockings. The Grade 5 students also collected many suitcases filled with items to donate to the orphanage, in addition to the stockings. In January, when the Senior School students return from the trip, they will come back and share their experience with the Grade 5 students and the rest of the Junior School. 

It has been an excellent opportunity for the Grade 5 leaders to have a direct link to helping others, as well as connect with our Senior School in their service initiatives. They are so excited to be sending off such a lovely care package to the orphanage!”

Gingerbread for Santas Anonymous Toys
by Nina Duffus, Grade 2 teacher
More than three dozen children in the community will have a happier Christmas thanks to a record fundraising effort by the Grade 2 students. Student-made gingerbread cookies sold out in one day at the Junior School, raising $750. Generous student and parent donations brought the total to a record $1009.60, which was used by students on a shopping expedition to Toys R Us to fill specific requests for forty children through Santas Anonymous.

The cookie baking was a memorable service-learning project for the 20 Grade 2 students, who measured, rolled, cut and decorated the hundreds of gingerbread boys and girls. Thanks to our sponsors at Fairway Marketwho mixed the dough, and to the fabulous Sodexho staff at Brown Hall who baked the cookies.


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