This Year in Community Service at Old Orchard
14th Annual Walkathon - During our Walkathon on April 23rd, our 5th through 8th Grade students walked, jogged, and ran 295 miles, which is about ten miles less than the distance between San Jose and Los Angeles. Altogether, our students raised over $2,700 dollars for CURE Childhood Cancer through Walkathon pledges and donations.
Earth Day - The students learned about recycling and composting from a guest speaker, and SALT launched a new recycling and composting program in the lunch area on campus. Students, staff and volunteers have learned a lot about how to reduce waste, and the community has really helped to pitch in and make the new program happen. We are now diverting more than 20 lbs of waste each week from the landfill.
Beach Clean Up Days - Old Orchard is participating in the Adopt-A-Beach program through Save Our Shores -- we adopted Twin Lakes Beach, and completed three cleanups this year, on September 20th, January 24th, and April 18th. Participation was open to all members of the Old Orchard community. At these cleanups, we picked up 154 lbs of trash, and 40 lbs of recycling.
Coat Drive – At the Upper School we collected new and gently used blankets, warm clothing, and sleeping bags for the homeless, which we donated to Homefirst.
Survival Sack – Our classes at the Lower School each contributed items for a Survival Sack Backpack to be donated to homeless community members through Sacred Heart Community Service. The backpacks were created as part of BIG week, a partnership with Project Cornerstone showing the kids how they can be BIG in their corner of the world with the way they impact those around them.
Thanksgiving/Sacred Heart - Old Orchard students raised $2,310 for Sacred Heart Community Services. The money provided turkeys to 231 families in our community. Money was raised in a variety of ways. From bake sales to raking leaves to selling seedlings, students worked hard to support the annual turkey drive. We plan to have a turkey drive again this fall, so summer might be a great time for your child to do that lemonade stand or toy sale, with the money saved for fall’s drive.
Penny Drive – We raised almost $900 for School on Wheels, a charity that tutors homeless children in order to keep them from falling behind in school.
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