The entire BH-BL 8th-grade class participated in the middle school's 20th annual Community Service Day. Accompanied by parents and school staff, the students each provide two hours of service to nearly 30 diverse agencies including soup kitchens, nursing homes, and day care centers.
In total, the students ended up delivering nearly 500 hours of community service today through various charitable acts, including but not limited, to working with children at the Montessori School, Learning Ladder Preschool, New Meadows School and SCAP Headstart; performing customer service and babysitting duties at the Glenville YMCA; interacting with seniors at Dayhaven Adult Day Services, Glendale Home and Glenville Senior Center; assisting people with disabilities at the Clover Patch Centers and Crossroads Center for Children; organizing and preparing food for local shelters; and making placements to be used for Thanksgiving dinner and decorating for the holidays at the Bethesda House, to name just a few activities and locations.
The goal of the program is to help students grow personally, intellectually, and socially as 21st-century learners, while embracing the spirit of volunteerism.
Community Service Day organizers MS teachers Melissa Capobianco and Linsday Armbruster explain that the day is aimed at helping students appreciate the value of giving back to people and organizations within their own community, obtain a better understanding how their work helps others, and see first-hand how community service promotes self awareness and positive self esteem.
Community Service Day was created in 1995 by retired middle school educators Joyce Brown and Marge Rizzo.