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Mrs. MacQueen's Monday Musings

November 12, 2013

Rivendell's Elementary Students Give Back!

Last week we welcomed home last year's WES fifth grade students and their SME classmates for the second time in one month. They came to share Inspiring Kids, a youth leadership and philanthropy program.

Since school began in August, the sixth graders have participated in lessons about community, nonprofit organizations, community needs, and how students can use their time and talent to help others. The students chose groups and researched local nonprofits that serve our local towns and the Upper Valley to find out what they do, who they serve, what needs they meet in our community, and why they are important. Once they finished their research, they presented what they had learned to all students and staff at both elementary schools, and invited us to join them in a Community Service Day.

Friday afternoon the sixth graders directed each grade in making special gifts for the non-profits they researched. I was proud to see our students giving back to our community. The Kindergarten class made generic greeting cards for Alice Peck Day & the Haven; Mrs. Fish's class designed labels for a green-friendly cleaning product that they made in class by combining vinegar and lemon juice; Mrs. Driscoll's class made cat toys and blankets for the Upper Valley Humane Society; third grade put together cloth shopping bags made of tee shirts, for the Listen Center; and the fourth grade, with the help of Andy Boyce and Mr. Crimmin, painted trail markers for the Cross Rivendell Trail.

For our participation in the program, Inspiring Kids made a donation to the charity of our choice. Congratulations and thank you to Beth Brayman from the Humane Society who came to the Friday assembly and accepted a $250 donation to help Upper Valley animals. A special thanks to the staff of Inspiring Kids for making this awesome experience possible, to Fabienne Stearns for collecting materials and donations, and to Luke Senn, sixth grader and official Inspiring Kids photographer for taking all of the fabulous photographs seen here.