On Wednesday, May 10, at 8:10am, the bell in the bell tower rang out, singing to the gathered crowd of students, employees, and parents. It marked the beginning of Mount Hood Climb Service Day, a chance for every member in our community to honor the tragedy of the Mount Hood Climb that occurred over 30 years ago, by putting their hands and their hearts into service.
In the Lower School, the day offered a way for many students to dig even deeper into topics they had been studying all year, a culmination of a year of service. I like to say that this is the process of moving from the “what?” to the “what now?” or “what next?” What do you do with the information you have learned? How do you act upon your knowledge for the betterment of our school? Our city? Our world? How do you use what you know to exercise your own power for good?
The cycle of Service Learning is a continual one–gaining information, planning what to do with that information, acting, and reflecting. Mount Hood Climb Service Day represents a beautiful snapshot of this process at work. Kindergarteners creating bug necklaces based on their insect students to sell at the 5th grade art fair to benefit Refugee Care Collective; Second Graders understanding the heart of a hero and then acting as ‘everyday heroes’ at the Oregon Food Bank; Third Graders passionately advocating for more city-wide recognition for the site of the former city of Vanport; Fourth Graders using their water studies to act as stewards for our local wetlands; and many more! It was beautiful to see the hearts of our students so generously on display on this day and through so many other service projects this year.
I hope you enjoy the two blog posts that follow this one, which will give you a snapshot view of just a few of the projects kids engaged in on Mount Hood Climb Service Day.
SUNSHINE, SMILES AND SERVICE
Another Mt. Hood Climb Service Day (MHCSD) has come and gone and we are left to reflect on the power and beauty of a day where our entire community comes together to remember and serve. Our Beginning and Lower school students did just that! Though the deeper purpose of the day may be a bit beyond some of their young minds to understand, the children do understand their Power for Good. PreK through Fifth Grade students were busy making art for the Refugee Care Collective Art Fair, removing ivy from the OES woods, making books for children in Haiti, and helping at The Oregon Food Bank. No matter where the children were or what they were doing, there was plenty of sunshine and smiles to go around.
“How do you use your hands to share your heart?” was the theme for the Lower School this year on MHCSD.
“We Cleaned!” (Kindergarten Student))
“We pulled ivy because it was choking the trees and it shows our heart because it helps the trees and Mother Earth.” (Primary Student)
“We use our hands to show our heart by making art!” (Fifth Grade Student)
Thank you to all the students, parents, teachers, faculty, and alumni who made this year’s MHCSD so memorable for everyone involved. Mark your calendars for next year, Wednesday, May 9, 2018, where we will all gather as a community once again to use our hands to share our hearts!
-by April Gilster
Mt. Hood Climb Service Day was a special one for Deborah Bridgnell’s Kindergarten class this year. While many OES students left campus to spread goodness around the greater Portland area, Room 12 decided to give back to the wetland’s community, by creating a nature inspired “restaurant” and book to advocate for our natural spaces.
How they went about it was super creative and quite a collaborative effort sparked by their own classroom’s focus this year of nocturnal animals. Their year-long enthusiasm and study led to quite a day of invention and enthusiasm. With the help of Coach Corris, they set out to create their “restaurant” by taking turns drilling holes all along a large tree stump, ensuring insects would have a fantastic new home and in turn help our nocturnal animals to thrive!
They then painted and created a lovely laminated book that will teach others about nature, trees, and nocturnal animals to inspire the community give back in their own way to our spaces. Giving and reflecting. That’s what this day is all about and this class succeeded in doing their part which made me very proud!
by Jen Nicolazzo
Thank you for this year of service! We look forward to delving deeper into service with you all next year!