Students across all three divisions are coming together this Spirit Week, for an important service project.
From October 18 through October 21, students are donating canned and boxed goods that will be donated to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, which serves families in need. The drive actually started a few days earlier, when students dropped off items as they entered the annual Homecoming Kickoff Dance.
The project also involves some friendly competition. Grades have been placed into teams (1st & 12th; 11th & 2nd; 10th & 3rd; 9th & 4th; 8th & 5th; 7th & 6th), with the team that donates the most getting a nice reward at the Homecoming Pep Rally on October 21.
Students also are learning about the importance of such service projects. During Lower School Chapel on October 19, Annabelle Dyer '23 and Toye Lawani '24 taught the younger classes about two charitable organizations that help people in need. They described the work of the Foodbank as well as that of Food Rescue US, which takes excess from food businesses and transfers the items to social service agencies that provide for the less fortunate.
Final tallies won't be known until Friday, but through the first two days, the Lower School alone had collected more than 2,400 items. (The race for best grade was very much up for grabs).
Post-Homecoming Update: Students donated 11,511 food items in the four-day period!