For the students at community service is a hands-on experience. In fact, many students on the School's Lower Campus (grades PreK-4) recently spent a winter afternoon helping the community's neediest neighbors.
More than 30 Senior-PreKindergarten and Second Grade students came together in December to collect, sort, and pack clothing as part of the School's annual Share the Warmth clothing drive, which was spearheaded by RCS parent Alison Kallman, the Parent Coordinator of Community Service on the Lower Campus.
Members of the school-wide community had donated new pajamas, robes, slippers, and socks (91 pounds in total!), and these 30+ children then gathered the items and delivered them to the which has a longstanding relationship with the School. These students also made beautiful, sparkling holiday ornaments that were delivered along with the clothing to the Community Center for distribution to the Center's patrons during the holiday season.
On the Upper Campus, students in grades five through nine took part in the Share the Warmth event as well, and they gathered and delivered 34 pounds of new clothing to the Community Center. The Upper Campus students held a food drive to coincide with the Share the Warmth clothing drive, and on Thursday, December 20th, the students and teachers delivered more than 1,300 pounds of food to the Community Center and to Neighbor's Link in Mt. Kisco. This event was coordinated by Upper Campus math teacher Michael Florio and by Chris Perry, a science teacher on the Upper Campus and the Ninth Grade Dean.
Rippowam Cisqua School students serve others out of a commitment to the broader world. Their continual volunteer work raises awareness of others, has a direct impact on the surrounding community, provides many opportunities to see progress, and fosters a lifelong commitment to service. The teachers and parents work together to create meaningful opportunities for student community outreach throughout the year.
The Rippowam Cisqua students have accomplished much already this year for their greater community and have more to do as the school year continues. Special thanks to all of the students on both campuses who took part in these events! To learn more about community service at Rippowam Cisqua, you can visit the School’s website at www.rcsny.org.