Day of Service and All-School BBQ
Thursday, May 27 was a remarkable day for everyone at Lincoln School. From the youngest members of our community to the Faculty and Staff, everyone participated in our Annual Day of Service. Head of School, Julia Russell Eells, says, “At Lincoln, we have as great a commitment to the kind of citizen our girls will become as we do to what they will 'know' by the time the come into the real world.” The day was sponsored and organized by the Center for Peace, Equity and Justice through Service. The Faculty Fellows, Michaela O’Donnell and Kara Giligan worked tirelessly for months, with the help of CPEJS director Will Shotwell, to organize a meaningful and productive day.
The day began with the Middle and Upper School students gathering in the Music Center to hear two speakers from the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University. Rachel Levenson and Johanna Jetton spoke about the different kinds of service work they have done at Brown and how it has influenced their career paths.
After the workshops everyone headed off to do their assigned project, either on campus or out in the community.
The Beech Tree children planted vegetables for the Providence Housing Authority (PHA), which has just received a grant to install its own edible garden at one of its family housing developments. They offered their Swiss chard, lettuce, pepper, tomato, bean, and beet plants to them. Carinel Ramirez from the PHA visited the classroom on to spend time with the children and pick up the plants. She picked up the plants and told us that they were going to be planted in a garden which will be taken care of by children enrolled in a Boys & Girls Club program. She explained that the children will be able to harvest the vegetables and bring them home to feed their families.
When it was time for her to leave, each child took a plant and helped her carry them out to her car.
Nursery and Pre-K made dog treats for local animal shelters.
The Kindergarten, First and Second Graders made cozy fleece blankets for The Crossroads Family Shelter to give to children when they arrive.
Grade three looked at storm drain runoff. They followed a the storm drain opening on Blackstone Blvd. all the way to York Pond. Built 75 years ago, the channel behind the school that runs through the ravine carries street run-off from over 300 acres on the East Side. They followed the path of that water all the way to York Pond which has been recently dredged so that water can collect there. The Blackstone Conservancy is an organization that is working to make York Pond a viable site for fish and birds. If York Pond overflows, we discovered the path of that water into the Seekonk River. Hopefully, the students will begin to understand the connection between what's in our streets such as oil and yard pollutants and dog waste and see that it ends up in the Seekonk and eventually Narragansett Bay.
Grade Four worked tirelessly with a group of Middle and Upper Schoolers, Mrs. Lamb, Miss Calenda, Ms. Wood and Mrs. Kelsey to plant our Edible Schoolyard Garden. We look forward to a great harvest during the summer and fall.
The fifth grade made a meal for Sunrise house with the help of Mrs. Guarino. Sunrise House provides a nurturing residential setting for adults living with HIV and AIDS. The students learned lots of cooking tips and came to understand the importance of sharing a delicious meal.
The Middle and Upper School girls were divided into cross-divisional groups as most went off campus to many different sites to work.
Projects included: maintaining and planting the gardens at Sunrise House,
spring cleaning and planting at the Rhode Island Donation Exchange,
eradicating invasive plants with the Blackstone Conservancy,
and cleaning and stocking shelves at the St. Francis Food Pantry.
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The seniors were working on community service projects too. Above four are pictures on memorable trip to Boston, where they cooked and served food to people that could not afford it, packaged food for people living with AIDS/HIV, sorted food at the Food Bank, and helped to package clothing for children in need. If you would like to join us to hear senior service project presentations we would love to see you on Friday, June 4 at 8:30 a.m. in the Music Center.
The Day ended with the Annual All-School BBQ on the Dwight House lawn. Many danced and celebrated to the music of Joe's Backyard Band.
We had a special visit from Betsy the cow from Rhody Fresh. Betsy is responsible for all of the milk that we drink here on campus. She was a bit nervous to begin with but slowly relaxed as many children greeted her.
The BBQ was lots of fun and a great way to end a busy day of hard and gratifying work.
Many thanks to Erika Lamb and the LSPA for organizing this annual year-end event.
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Lincoln School Day of Service
May 27, 2010
Focusing on Hunger, Homelessness, and Hope!
Middle and Upper School Morning Kick-Off Assembly with guest speakers from the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University. Lower School Morning Kick-Off Assembly with guest speakers from City Girl Cupcakes.
Schedule for the day:
||Kick-off assemblies in Upper and Lower School
||Upper and Middle Schools transport to work sites
||Site work in and around Providence
||A Simple Meal
||US and MS Film and Reflection
LS Film, Reflection and Service Activity
with Special Subject Teachers
||All-School BBQ at Dwight House
Appropriate attire for the Day of Service:
Worn jeans, sneakers or boots (no open-toed shoes!), long sleeve tee-shirts, work gloves, hats, and sunscreen.
Also, please bring a water bottle and a morning snack.