Principal SIB Community School Last week I attended the United Way breakfast and was overwhelmed by the number of recognitions SIBCS earned because of the hard work and generosity of our staff and students. Just look at the awards we won:
- A plaque for exceeding our goal for students
- The Bell Club award for the most participants
- (62) in donating a day’s pay
- The $10,000 Plus Club Award for donating
- more than $10,000
- The National Award for K-8 schools for
- attaining a goal of 196%.
The United Way Campaign is just one example of this school’s commitment to giving back to the community. Throughout the school year, the students and staff have been exemplary models of responsible citizens.
In early October, students attended assemblies for Juvenile Diabetes and then collected money for continued research. The SIBCS staff participated in a walk to raise money for Breast Cancer and will participate in the Mercedes Benz Corporate Walk for charity in May 0f 2010. Our students donated food for Thanksgiving baskets and food for a local food bank as well as toys for the holidays to brighten the lives of many families in our community.
When tragedy hit Haiti, our families truly extended themselves and we donated an enormous amount of goods to the relief efforts. This year we also held a drive for the Soffer Fine Humane Society to ensure that our ‘best friends” had an ample supply of blankets. In April the physical education department will be sponsoring a Jump Rope for Heart which raises money for heart disease.
SIBCS also conducted a very successful book drive where students donated “gently used’ books to the school to enhance classroom libraries. Students had a chance to share their favorite stories with other children in the school. The guidance department also supports a “uniform “ recycling program which encourages parents to donate uniforms their children have outgrown so others can wear them. On a smaller scale, many classrooms conducted individual projects that included sending packages and cards to soldiers during the holidays.
Kudos to the Student Government Association, the Future Educators Association and the K-Kids Clubs who worked on many of these projects. Our students learn the importance of civic responsibility and caring for others by participating in these hands-on projects. The youngest students recognize that they can contribute and make a difference I am so proud to work with a group of individuals who truly believe in giving back to the community. I often tell my staff how privileged I feel to work with them and this is just one more reason, one more example, of their genuine goodness. They make SIBCS such an extraordinary school in so many ways. They are the best!