On September 19, over 25 Middle School students and parents came together to create hygiene kits and make bracelets and artwork for PATH (People Assisting the Homeless). This was the first of four after-school events in which the Middle School is partnering with PATH with the goal of expanding both the Middle School Service Learning program and the School's overall impact on the local community.
Said Michelle Taub, Service Learning Co-Chair and former Parent Guild President, "For me, what was special about the event was not just that the students participated in an activity that will directly impact homeless people in our community, but also that a fellow student and a parent were able to share with them their personal stories about their own heartfelt commitment to community service. It was an uplifting and inspiring afternoon."
Although there is no service hours requirement for Middle School students, the program's hope is that during these years, each student commits to participating in a service activity either at Windward or in their local community. When students engage in service, they will gain a better understanding of the issues facing our community and globally.
The Middle School Service Learning program's next event is on December 11—stay tuned for details!