Service learning in action: It is better to give than to receive

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If recent charitable activity is any indication, the USM community has affirmed that it is better to give than receive.  Here’s a run down of some of activities.

Sixth graders spent the last several weeks earning money for chores and odd jobs.  On Tuesday, they used the money to go to Piggly Wiggly to shop for families served by Hunger Task Force.  The gift?  According to 6th grade class sponsor Christine K.’s Facebook status:   “80 boxes of food just got delivered to the Hunger Task Force….congrats 6th grade and thank you!!”

Senior Kindergarten got in on the action, too.  The Mitten Tree stood draped with new mittens, gloves, scarves, and hats for children who attend the Carter Development Center in Milwaukee.

In the Upper School, the “Giving Tree” started out covered with 125 cards representing some of the needs of the over 300 families served by Lutheran Social Services Refugee Relocation program.  If you grabbed a card, you know that the refugees, who come from places like Burma, Somalia and Iraq, asked for items like household cleaning products, pillows, and winter clothing.    And chances are pretty good that you DID grab a card, because all 125 were gone and gifts returned in time to deliver to LSS.

Finally, a bit closer to home, the US community pulled together a “out-of-uniform” fundraiser last week after learning about a student’s cancer diagnosis.  Here’s an e-mail update from Susan Z., English teacher in the Upper School:

There are a few stray dollars out there still making their way toward me, but I wanted you to know that our current total of dollars raised last Friday is about $2,250.  Every penny will go to fund childhood colon cancer research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis Tennessee, and the donation will be made in honor of  Tessa.  Many, many students and faculty in the Upper School went far above and beyond the suggested $2 minimum for the out of uniform day, parents contributed, and several people from the Lower and Middle School contributed as well.

Thank you one and all.  USM has once again demonstrated the true essence of generosity and support: what a remarkable community!

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

(Are there any I missed?  Post a comment and keep us up-to-date!)

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