2018-19 Service Learning Updates

Students have been busy these past several months learning about character traits such as respect, responsibility, and self-control through our character education program, Building Character and Community (BCC). Service Learning at The Children’s School is one outgrowth of our values of caring for ourselves, caring for others, and caring for the environment. Throughout the year, students participate in classroom and grade-level service learning projects along with schoolwide service learning opportunities like our recent “Place of Refuge” service learning project.

In addition to these opportunities, we will host opportunities for parents and families to join students, faculty, and staff in serving members of our greater community who need our support. Serving together is an excellent way for parents, faculty, and staff to reinforce Building Character and Community (BCC) values of respect, responsibility, empathy, and cooperation. Please read on for opportunities to get involved in service learning at TCS.

Wanted: Clothes from Your Fall Closet Clean-Out!

Are you ready to purge your child’s warm-weather clothing or too-small sizes? We have a solution that is easy and for a good cause! Simply bring your children’s gently used clothes that no longer fit to donate to Threads, a clothing store where children in need can “shop” for free outfits. We have two convenient options for anyone who would like to donate:

  1. Drop off your donation of gently used clothing on Oct. 26 from 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. While you’re here, you can stock up on new spirit wear at the Spirit Shop from 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. and head over to the Parent Association meeting from 8:30 – 9:30 am.
  2. You can drop off clothing during morning carpool the week of Oct. 29. A parent volunteer will be present to collect items in bags every morning at carpool.

Why Threads? Threads works with many organizations around Atlanta serving children, including some of the organizations that partner with TCS’s service learning program (such as The Atlanta Children’s Shelter, Midtown Assistance Center, and New American Pathways). Please consider making a donation. For more information about Threads, you may contact Beth Blalock at beth.blalock@gmail.com.

Lost and Found Cleanup

It’s time to clear out our Lost and Found area. Please drop by the Spirit Shop Oct. 26th to claim any lost items. Any items not claimed by Nov. 2 will be donated to Threads to help children in need.

Our kindergarteners in Extended Day have been busy at work helping us keep our lost and found area clean and organized, but lost and found is also an opportunity to reinforce our monthly value of responsibility. It is everyone’s responsibility to help keep our lost and found area neat by:

  1. cleaning up after searching for lost items, and
  2. keeping up with personal belongings to avoid items ending up in lost and found.

Please talk with your children about ways to be responsible for their items and, parents, please label EVERYTHING.

Save the Date:

Save the date for our Fall BCC Service Saturday on Dec. 1, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. This year, in conjunction with classroom and gradewide service learning projects, we will host two BCC Service Saturdays for TCS students, faculty, staff, and friends. Our December project will center around the social issue of hunger and homelessness, and we will be partnering with the Atlanta Community Food Bank to collect canned goods and learn about hunger in our community. More details will follow as the date draws closer.