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Each year around the holidays, Norfolk Academy students engage in a number of community service projects, and 2023 is no different.

One schoolwide project was a collection of pajamas that were donated to the Pajama Jams charitable organization. Pajama Jams provides PJs for children and families in need throughout Hampton Roads and parts of North Carolina. Their Instagram page early in the holiday season highlighted seniors Shelby Beverly and Carey Boone for their efforts. 

Among the other community engagement efforts around the holidays:

  • Toys are being collected in both Middle School and Upper School, to go to children in the community. Norfolk Academy's Military Appreciation Club is leading efforts in the Upper School. Middle School gifts go to the Urban Renewal Center.
  • In Lower School, fourth graders are collecting new and gently used jackets as part of the WAVY-TV Coats for Families drive. In addition, the Lower School SCA is raising money for ForKids, an organization that helps families working to escape homelessness. 
  • In early December, NA hosted the D.A. Taylor Memorial Middle School Basketball Challenge, which raised several thousand dollars in support of the D.A. Taylor Charitable Foundation. Taylor was a student at Norfolk Academy who passed away during his junior year in 1995. His family and friends started the foundation to carry on his legacy of kindness.
  • Shortly after Thanksgiving, the NA Livestrong Club led a knockout basketball tournament that raised money to support the Livestrong organization's fight against cancer. 
  • Just before Thanksgiving break, the UNITiD Club and Fine Arts Association joined together for a fundraising concert supporting relief efforts in Morocco and Libya, two countries impacted by natural disasters. The event raised about $1,200.
  • Also just before Thanksgiving, Middle School held a food drive, collecting canned goods and non-perishables for families in need.
  • In November, Global Affairs Fellows led a drive for new and gently used coats, winter hats, gloves, and scarves. All of the donations went to Hampton Roads Refugee Relief, an organization aiming to build a stronger, more inclusive environment for the refugee community. This is just one of many projects that NA's Batten Leadership Program Fellows organize throughout the year. 

And these are just some of the projects that clubs are working on. Individual students are also organize their own projects in the spirit of giving back and serving the greater community. 

Holiday Break is just days away but there are still opportunities for students to help out. 

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