Students from Mrs. Wetmore-Simpson's 5th grade class brought in all sorts of treats for the Crozet firefighters that were then taken in a large basket. They also brought small stuffed animals for children who have lost their toys in fires. In addition, the students made beautiful valentines for the firefighters. These students delivered the items personally, as seen in the photo.
The MLS PTO is launching a new initiative this year called "Bluebirds Care." As you heard from Dr. Irani at Back to School Night, one of the strategic goals for our school community is to develop empathy in our students. The "Bluebirds Care" program is designed to help give wings to this idea, enabling our students to be directly involved in giving back to our greater community.
So much Valentine's Day sweetness today at Meriwether Lewis! Many classes made valentine cards to be delivered to people in our community. The cards pictured here were made by Ms. Meeks' third grade class and will be delivered to patients at Martha Jefferson Hospital this weekend.
Ms. Meeks' third graders worked hard on making their "heart rocks" during their service station at their holiday class party. The rocks will go to patients and nurses in the Infusion Center at Martha Jefferson Hospital to spread a little cheer this holiday season.
First graders in Mrs. Oehler's class made cards for women who will be staying in local community homeless shelters this winter. The cards will be left on their pillow in the evening and will say Have a Peaceful Night.
Students in Mrs. Parmelee's fifth grade class made paracord bracelets to send to those serving in the military. The bracelets are made of 7.5 feet of paracord that can be used in emergency situations. The bracelets also serve as a reminder to our service members that people are thinking about them as they serve our country.
Mrs Carey's 4th grade class and Mrs Ealy's 2nd grade class put together these very creative and festive cards for our local police officers. Thank you for showing your support!
Mrs. Kuhn's third grade class sponsored several local women and children from the Shelter for Help In Emergency (SHE) organization who needed extra help this holiday season. As part of their class service project, the kids purchased and wrapped items from the SHE wish lists.
Ms. Wetmore-Simpson's class reached out to the Ivy Fire Dept for their recent Halloween party service project by baking and collecting treats for those who serve our community day every day!
As we continue to think about providing ways for our children to grow in empathy, we wanted to share some opportunities in our community for families to give back. We've done some research and compiled a list of organizations or events that you may find interesting, especially if you would like to involve your children in active service leading up to Thanksgiving. None of these events are sponsored or organized by the MLS PTO, so we encourage you to make sure they are a good fit for your family. If you have good ideas to share that are not on our list, please send them our way! Also, we would love to have pictures of your children volunteering, so please email Mrs. Robertson photos !
- Earlysville 5K Turkey Trot & Kids Fun Run - benefits the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
- Boar's Head Turkey Trot - benefits UVA Children's Hospital
- Salvation Army - they have many needs
- Loaves & Fishes - to stock shelves of food and help customers (minimum age 8)
- Toy Lift - donate toys or volunteer to help (Kindergarten teacher Meg Franco is involved with this organization!)
- UVA Thanksgiving Meal Match - run through the UVA International Center, this program matches up UVA students who cannot make it home for Thanksgiving with host families in Charlottesville so they can have Thanksgiving dinner. Contact Quynh Nguyen for more information.
Ms. Scully's class participated in Operation Gratitude with donations of their Halloween candy. Operation Gratitude provides candy to military men and women worldwide. The candy is a treat for military members, but they also give it away to local children where they are stationed to help build relationships between military members and locals! Way to make a difference, Bluebirds!
These special "heart rocks" were delivered to Martha Jefferson Hospital on November 6th. Ms. Thomas' first grade class made them during their class Halloween party. We were told that they were eagerly anticipated and will surely brighten someone's day.