Thursday, December 12th was Calvert's Winter Morning of Outreach which involved the entire school. From our Fifth Age to our Eighth Grade, all students played a part in this impactful community event which deepened our connection to our neighbors in Baltimore and beyond. Through each activity, the students’ efforts were linked with a larger goal embedded in Calvert’s dedication to outreach.
Our Fifth Agers and Tenth Agers focused on the importance of healthy bedtime routines by partnering with Bedtime in a Box, a wonderful non-profit located in nearby Woodberry. The mission of Bedtime in a Box is “improving childhood health and learning, regardless of income.” In early 2020, these two grades will hold a pajama and book drive for Bedtime in a Box, and the Fifth Age will have an opportunity to pack bedtime in a box kits here at Calvert.
Our Sixth Age and Fifth Grade joined forces once again to learn about The Water Project. This outreach initiative is embedded in the Fifth Grade curriculum in their study of Africa and The Walk for Water. The two grades worked together to discuss the importance of clean water, and to create an educational art display in the Sixth Age hallway.
Our Seventh Agers took the plunge with the Eighth Graders...well not literally! Together, these two grades learned about people with disabilities, and reflected on Calvert’s efforts to support the Special Olympics of Maryland through our annual participation in the Cool Schools Plunge each January. This partnership was featured last spring in Baltimore Fish Bowl.
Our Eighth Agers and Seventh Graders wasted little time diving into their task at hand; wrapping hundreds of gifts from our successful Toy Drive for our friends at nearby Hampden Family Center. Over a dozen parent volunteers assisted, and generously worked with students to instill proper wrapping technique before delivering the generous gift donations. Additionally, parent volunteers have delivered two car loads of unwrapped gifts to the House of Ruth!
Lastly, as key leaders in our ongoing sustainability efforts, the Ninth Agers and Sixth Graders collaborated for the third time this year to discuss Calvert’s Green School recertification. Before Thanksgiving, the two grades participated in an impactful Stony Run stream clean-up. This time around, the students read Not for Me Please! I Choose to Act Green and created educational signage that will be displayed around school starting in January.
All in all, another small step toward building our Calvert students into global citizens!
Questions about our community outreach program, please reach out to Jay Parker, Director of The Institute for Leadership & Purpose, at firstname.lastname@example.org.