Recently Pinewood School hosted its first annual Super Saturday, a community service event, for its Middle Campus students, grades third through sixth. Students gathered on campus to participate in a variety of community service projects geared to ignite a passion for serving others who are less fortunate in their communities.
Rotating from room to room, all over campus, students made projects and learned about the incredible work being done through many of our local non-profits. Pinewood students partnered with Help One Child to make over 150 bags, decorated as turkeys and stuffed with notes of thanksgiving and sweets, for children in our foster care system. Additionally, students, many of whom were new to the art of sewing, stitched over 70 bags and wrote over 100 ‘First Day of School’ cards for for My New Red Shoes, an organization which helps build the confidence of low-income and homeless children as they start their school year. Pinewood students also made cards, crafted holiday banners, and donated books to local Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland, and senior care homes here in Los Altos.
The students’ acts of service started prior to the event as well. Gathering tennis balls and repurposed uniforms, students hand-crafted chew toys for Humane Society of Silicon Valley and Pound Puppy Rescue, both of whom attended the event. Pinewood families also participated in a candy drive leading up to Super Saturday, which benefitted the Help One Child turkey project as well as Operation Gratitude, giving our troops the encouragement and support they deserve.
Providing additional leadership for their younger classmates, many high school students from Pinewood’s Upper Campus, joined the Middle Campus students in activities such as building their first community garden. This partnership also extended throughout the other projects as they led the younger students by modeling leadership through service.
At the heart of Super Saturday was a contagious excitement for making a difference in the lives of others. Ultimately, students were excited to see how they too, at a young age, could serve the needs of their own communities and build lasting partnerships with some amazing organizations who are doing incredible work.