Wednesday, December 5, 2018
This November, students at Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts learned the joy of giving by carrying out a multi-step service project. Over a two-week period, they collected more than 1,200 personal care items, invited family members to help assemble care kits, and delivered the kits to the Shining Stars after-school program at Hope House of Milwaukee.
Teachers were surprised by the generous flood of donations that included after-school snacks, self-care items, games, art supplies, school supplies, and toys. Numerous canned goods were also collected that went to the Hope House food pantry. An assortment of hygiene products was also donated to assist adults in the Hope House family shelter.
On November 16, Parkside hosted a Family Volunteer Day, with Parkside families arriving to assemble the care kits and make wonderful 3-D Thanksgiving cards to include in the kits. One of the K5 classrooms at Parkside made an acorn squash soup to serve to families at the Family Volunteer Day. Students put farm-to-table practices into action by using produce that was grown by Parkside's very own agricultural program.
A total of 40 care kits were assembled and donated that included self-care items and some fun items for children. Each care kit contained an assortment that included toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, shampoo, soap, tissues, coloring book, notebook, pencils, pens, erasers, colored pencils, crayons, watercolors, scissors, a puzzle, silly putty, a ball, stickers, fruit snacks, chips, cookies, and candy. Parkside staff loaded the kits into vehicles and delivered the items to Hope House, much to the delight of the children in the after-school program.