Our Junior School has an amazing group of caring and dedicated students; evidence of this is always around us in their chatter in the hallways, their leadership in the classroom and in the volunteering that they do. In a year of lockdowns, there were limited opportunities for our students to leave the campus to do the volunteering that they love. No cleanups at Camp Mockingee, no pharmacy or Mermaid Theatre volunteers, no reading with elementary school children, no serving lunches at Harvest House, and no hospital or nursing home visitations. Despite that, our Juniors have still accumulated over 1125 hours of service since September, and I’m so proud of each of them for the garbage pickups, the peer tutoring, the volunteer coaching, the chapel service, and so much more.
Highlighted today is one of our Grade 9 students, Emily Mei. Emily has earned 63 hours of service to date, much of it making beautiful cards for residents of nursing homes; these people haven’t had many visitors, and not as many reasons to smile in this year of isolation and reduced contact with family and friends. Even after classes were interrupted, Emily used her own time and supplies to create the beautiful cards shown in this post, and to drop them off to her local nursing home. I know that the time, energy and love that Emily put into these cards was very much appreciated by the people who received them. Thank you for your dedication to this, Emily!