Spring Break marked the end of our expanded school year partnership with local nonprofit, Bedtime in a Box.
Located in nearby Woodberry, Bedtime in a Box is an organization that provides parents of low-income households with the tools they need to create a sound bedtime routine for infants, toddlers, and young children. Bedtime is a time for learning, sharing, relaxing and parent bonding. Every child deserves a good night’s rest, and Bedtime in a Box believes that “a better tomorrow begins tonight.”
Each age-appropriate kit includes five books; bath wash, a towel, and bath toys; a toothbrush and toothpaste; age-specific pajamas; a stuffed animal; an alarm clock; an educational kit; and a kid-friendly reading log.
This partnership had four distinct components:
At the December all-school Morning of Outreach, the Fifth Agers and Tenth Agers had an opportunity to learn about the organization and discuss why healthy bedtime routines are vital. During this morning, students read Ladybug Girls Says Goodnight, and created educational art work.
On February 4th, the Bedtime in a Box team volunteered their morning to visit Calvert and lead a guided box packing session for our entire Fifth Age. Our youngest students were joined by a team of Seventh Grade leaders who mentored their young friends.
On February 24th fourteen dedicated Tenth Age students had an opportunity to travel to the Bedtime in a Box headquarters to participate in an after school service project. These students had a deeper experience learning about the mission and purpose of Bedtime in a Box, and discovered first hand how community outreach is an essential component of leadership.
Lastly, throughout the winter, the Fifth and Tenth Age families supported an online Target donation drive to provide towels for each Bedtime in a Box kit. Thank you to all who donated!
In recognition of their generous partnership with our students, we want to say thank you to Bedtime in a Box for their efforts to support our community. This includes founders Jarrod and Wendy Bolte, and local program coordinators Katherine Gravante and Emma Simpson, for their time and enthusiasm. In fact, Emma is a graduate of Calvert School’s Class of 2005!
We look forward to growing this partnership even more next year, and wish Bedtime in a Box great success in their expansion to Colorado.