Service Stories

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Sweetheart Dance!

Jennifer - San Antonio , Texas - April 26, 2017
Total Volunteers:
36
Total Hours Served
109
SST Alamo club members created and displayed all decorations for our elementary family dance. They made paper chains, cut out all sized hearts, created candy vases, and various other items to display with candy sweethearts. They also came together, and worked like machines to display all of the decorations for the school to enjoy!

Earth Day Sale!

Jennifer - San Antonio , Texas - April 26, 2017
Total Volunteers:
56
Total Hours Served
216
Students used our grant money from our kindness project to purchase flowers from a local nursery. We split apart the flowers and sold them, along with glass and plastic pots/bowls that they have been hand decorating/mod podgeing. They made and put up flyers around the school, made school announcements, ran the table, and helped with set up/clean up as well as money counting. We will be using the funds raised to begin a school garden in the beginning of the next school year.

Make Your Mark On Hunger

Jennifer - San Antonio , Texas - April 26, 2017
Total Volunteers:
54
Total Hours Served
213
When presented with the Make Your Mark on Hunger campaign, our students voted on helping 'hungry animals'. SST Alamo GenerationOn students teamed up with a local organization called Daisy Cares to run a dog food collection at our school. The organization serves animals in shelters, and families that come into financial hardships. This gives families an opportunity to not only keep these pets from being sent to a shelter, but also healthy and home. Students went through a training from the organization about proper pet care and safety and decided to host a collection at our school. Club members made posters and did announcements for our school. They have collected over 40 pounds of pet food!

MLK Day of Service

John - Los Angeles, California - April 26, 2017
Total Volunteers:
33
Total Hours Served
231
Students helped to renovate West Hollywood Elementary School through painting, gardening, and weeding.

La Works Day of Service

John - Los Angeles, California - April 26, 2017
Total Volunteers:
12
Total Hours Served
84
Students help to paint to renovate Helen Bernstein High School by painting the school's locker room.

Peacock Gala

John - Los Angeles, California - April 26, 2017
Total Volunteers:
9
Total Hours Served
63
Students helped set up and distribute food for a gala for the Peacock Foundation, an organization that uses animals for therapy for emotionally damaged children.

LAX Dunes

John - Los Angeles, California - April 26, 2017
Total Volunteers:
8
Total Hours Served
32
Invasive plants were removed so native vegation and animals can thrive at the LAX Dunes.

April Child Abuse

Jan - Sellersburg , Indiana - April 26, 2017
Total Volunteers:
64
Total Hours Served
631
Mrs. Jackson’s 2016-17 Child Development classes took a stand against Child Abuse. Students collaborated and compiled activities to present to the student body at SCHS. Students researched statistics, became aware of warning signs, and reviewed current state laws pertaining to child abuse and neglect. On April 21, 2017 students presented their Child Abuse Awareness Campaign to the student body during lunchtime. Students were given treats, anti-child abuse stickers, pamphlets on warning signs and were asked to put their hand imprint on banner to show their support to end Child Abuse. Poetry, posters and balloons were all part of the attraction to motivate students to take a stand. April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Students and teachers participated by wearing black shirts with blue ribbons to generate awareness. Each teacher was given a blue flower to set on their desk to signify their support against abuse and neglect.

Forever Friends

Kayla - Plymouth, Indiana - April 26, 2017
Total Volunteers:
53
Total Hours Served
370
Students were surprised one morning with a fish tank in the classroom. They had no idea we were getting a class pet. We were left with a large problem-- we did not know how to take care of them and what they needed to survive. This began the research process. We had to quickly research the basic needs of fish. We were able to learn all about pet responsibility. We visited the humane society and were able to learn about why and how animals end up at the humane society, what the most common animals are at the humane society, basic facts and information about the humane society. While at the humane society students chose an animal they had a connection with and they then were able to advocate for that animal. They did this by taking a picture and completing a writing activity to be posted to Facebook. We had a guest speaker come in and speak about the importance of grooming your animal and a speaker talk about service dogs and their benefit. Overall students were able to gain an understanding of pet responsibility through inquiry and research.

Joy Maker 2016

Ryan - Alexandria, Virginia - April 25, 2017
Total Volunteers:
23
Total Hours Served
78
The CPDC Stony Brook Jr. Volunteers designed various events around the DC Metro area held in low-income apartment communities, including events in Southeast, Washington, DC. Each event featured holiday themed snacks and drinks, crafts, activities, and of course, toys! Each child received a new Hasbro toy, as well as a new book, a hat and gloves set, and a bag of candy.

Earth Day Little Hunting Creek Clean-Up

Ryan - Alexandria, Virginia - April 25, 2017
Total Volunteers:
54
Total Hours Served
181
In partnership with Clean Fairfax and Fairfax County, the Stony Brook Jr. Volunteers cleaned a section of the Little Hunting Creek that is one of the most polluted and litter-filled stretches of the Potomac River tributary system. Over 40 youth and 10 adults spent several hours picking up every piece of litter and trash in a 125 yard long drainage ditch leading from a highly-populated area directly into the creek. Once the clean-up was over, the group had collected over 40 bags of trash, as well as other large debris such as metal sheet roofing, two shopping carts, a bicycle, and parts of a dresser. The drainage area from the populous area into the creek is spotless now, and we are working with Clean Fairfax and other groups to educate youth and the surrounding community on the effects of litter and trash on the stream system.

Orchestra Volunteering at Sugar Creek Country Club on 2/23/2017

Amy - Sugar Land, Texas - April 24, 2017
Total Volunteers:
1
Total Hours Served
1
I have volunteered on behalf of our orchestra to play violin a local fundraising event at Sugar Creek Country club.

Flip for Flint

Holly - LaPorte, Indiana - April 24, 2017
Total Volunteers:
43
Total Hours Served
364
Students raised water and funds during a water bottle flipping competition to deliver water, books, and adult disposable wash cloths to members of the Flint, Michigan Community.

Build-a- Story

Anna - Lowell, Indiana - April 24, 2017
Total Volunteers:
243
Total Hours Served
4820
Students created stories that were based on a bear that had an obstacle to overcome. Once they finished writing their story, a small group went to Build-a-Bear to make the bears. Another group delivered the bears and their stories to area hospitals.

Uno Tournament with Assisted Living Residents

Mary - Wakarusa, Indiana - April 24, 2017
Total Volunteers:
21
Total Hours Served
51
Our fifth grade student leadership went to Miller's Merry Manor to play Uno with the residents in the assisted living facility. Our students served the seniors a snack and then participated in an Uno tournament. Since several of the residents didn't know how to play Uno, our students taught them. It was fun to watch our kids interact with the senior citizens.

Career Day

Alexis - Locust Grove, Georgia - April 22, 2017
Total Volunteers:
1
Total Hours Served
3
I assisted one of the volunteers who spoke to children about their career.

Dogsitting

Alexis - Locust Grove, Georgia - April 22, 2017
Total Volunteers:
1
Total Hours Served
5
I watched over my grandma's dog for an entire weekend.

8th Grade Dinner

Alexis - Locust Grove, Georgia - April 22, 2017
Total Volunteers:
1
Total Hours Served
3
I served food for the eight graders and their parents graduating from middle school and transitioning into high school.

Uno Tournament with Assisted Living Residents

Mary - Wakarusa, Indiana - April 20, 2017
Total Volunteers:
21
Total Hours Served
44
Our Kids Club went to Miller's Merry Manor Assisted Living facility on Tuesday, April 18, after school, to interact with the seniors living there. Snacks were brought to share, and our students, along with the seniors, participated in an Uno (card game) tournament. Everything was organized by our kids and the club sponsors. The students served the residents snacks and played Uno until we had an Uno champion. They helped the seniors who didn't know how to play, visited with them, and enjoyed their afternoon of service.

Food Bank

Sthavir - Kirkland , Washington - April 18, 2017
Total Volunteers:
2
Total Hours Served
2
I stocked shelves for the people who don't have food

Promoting kindness and anti-bullying

Lisa - Sacramento, California - April 18, 2017
Total Volunteers:
15
Total Hours Served
33
On March 1, 2017, club members wore their club t-shirts and wristbands to school. The logo is "Kind is Cool", from Target's anti-bullying campaign. They practiced random acts of kindness towards teachers, principals, students, friends, sibling, parents, and others all day. For example, they invited new kids to play with them, branched out of their social circle to play with students they perhaps hadn't played with before, complimented others, brought their teachers flowers, etc. If someone asked about their t-shirt, they shared the ideas of promoting kindness and anti-bullying. The second part of this projects involves implementing Friendship or Buddy benches at their respective schools. Friendship or Buddy benches have been implemented at many schools. The bench might be painted with bright colors and positive messages, such as "Kind is Cool". The idea is that a student who doesn't have anyone to play with, or needs a third person or play ball, or who is having a bad day, might go sit on the bench. When other students see this, they know this student needs help and they go over to try to help, or just to sit and listen to the student. This promotes kindness in schools, and rejects bullying. This project will first require a discussion with the principal of each school. If the principal is supportive, there would then be a discussion of whether the school might have the financial resources to cover any costs, or would be willing to help fundraise, or would the club need to raise the funds? After that, the school playgrounds would be evaluated to determine whether an existing bench could be modified into a Friendship bench, or whether a new bench would have to be purchased and installed. Next, cost estimates would be obtained, followed by school approval, and a schedule for project completion. Phase Two will occur within the next six to nine months.

Bat conservation

tyson - bluffton, Indiana - April 18, 2017
Total Volunteers:
139
Total Hours Served
295
We participated in a bat conservation awareness program and purchased lumber to build a bat house. On 4-17-17 it was national bat day and we live streamed with the Organization for Bat Conservation at their location, students were taken on a virtual trip where they were able to virtually interact with the host and see 9 different species of bats including vampire bats, which they feed cow's blood from a local butcher shop.

Feed the Homeless

Lisa - Sacramento, California - April 18, 2017
Total Volunteers:
11
Total Hours Served
32
The kids collected food, supplies and monetary donations over a 4-week period to provide lunch bags for the homeless. They collected from friends, neighbors, family, and others. In all, they collected enough food and supplies to make 114 bag lunches, all of which were hand decorated with colorful messages of hope and love, and additional food, supplies, and $408 in monetary donations to be used for future lunches. The donations were delivered to Helping Hearts, which will distribute the lunches to the homeless in downtown Sacramento this week. Several club members met on different dates to decorate bags and others decorated their bags at home. We met on 4/13/17, 4/15/17 and 3/26/17. Also, on 4/15/17 we met for about 2 hours to fill the lunch bags. On 4/16/17, we delivered the lunches, remaining food and other donations, and the $433 monetary donations to the Helping Hearts coordinator, Annette Scarlato. She asked to take some photos of the girls and donations. The monetary and food, etc. donations would probably be enough for another 300 lunches. They were very appreciative of the girls' efforts. Participants in this project included Gisele, Jaina, Katie, Megan, Katelyn, Abbie, Maddy, Abigail, Kendall, and Natalia.

The Joy of Elderly Friends

Barbara - Elkhart, Indiana - April 14, 2017
Total Volunteers:
29
Total Hours Served
140
As a class we read stories that dealt with relationships with the elderly. We discussed the needs of the elderly and philanthropy. With a small group of high ability students we brainstormed ways we could enrich the lives of the people living at a local retirement community. The class was partnered with elderly residents at Hubbard Hill Retirement Community. They visited their elderly buddies and did St. Patrick Day crafts, Easter Crafts, decorated frames with pictures of their buddies, and made them Easter buckets that were delivered to the residents. They enjoyed getting to know their buddies and learning about their lives.

The Animal Shelter

Josh - Draper, Utah - April 13, 2017
Total Volunteers:
13
Total Hours Served
39
We went to the animal shelter and were able to help by taking dogs for walks and petting and playing with the other animals

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