Community Service Projects
As young children gain independence, they gain confidence in themselves as individuals and in their ability to relate to others appropriately. They begin to understand that some may have a harder time in life than they do, and that they can help others, even if it’s just a little bit, and with the help of their families. As they work towards helping others, they develop a sense of responsibility within their communities, and learn the importance of community support. These experiences can be important building blocks to developing leadership qualities. To promote this concept in our students, and to help our community, Strongbridge organizes four annual events:
- Pet Project (culminates at the beginning of October) We collect blankets and towels that are donated to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Animal Shelter for homeless pets.
- Giving Tree (mid-December) We collect new, inexpensive, easy to pack, gender-neutral children's toys, packaged loosely in a festive gift bag that will be taken to the Eureka Mission Women's and Children's Shelter and selected by the parents of homeless children who must spend the holiday season there.
- Valentine’s Day Caring (mid-February) Students make decorative valentines hearts, and on Valentine’s Day the school takes a field trip to the Mad River Hospital Adult Day Health Program facility where the valentines are distributed to the patients by the children, then children perform a series of songs, finger plays, and jokes. Hospital staff provide a picnic snack with treats, then students continue on to a local park or gymnasium to play.
- Story Time: In Spring, students are transported to Eureka's Alder Bay Assisted Living in their wonderful bus, and they read stories to the residents there, and some residents read to them too. A delicious snack is shared by all and the exciting bus ride returns everyone to school.
Please Note: We ask parents to encourage their children to involve others they may know, such as grandparents, friends, and neighbors to donate to the projects (except Valentine’s). Parents should help students to contact each person they think might be willing to help and encourage them to make the request themselves. Each time a child represents themselves to others as a helper, they become more empowered in their self-confidence as capable individuals. Each project (except Valentine’s Day) needs a parent volunteer coordinator who can organize and delegate the various associated tasks necessary to successfully complete the project. It is our hope that these parents will be sure to include their child in as many aspects of the project as possible to help educate them on why others may need our help.