One of the goals of the school is to provide meaningful service opportunities to our students to help them learn that we grow by giving of ourselves. We are always eager to do service projects, especially at Christmas time.
For our Christmas Service Project this year, we divided into three groups and went caroling! The groups went to public service locations like the police station and the health center; to companies that have helped our school like UH Sea Grant, Blue Sky Communications and CBT True Value Hardware; and to loved ones we care about like Grandma Peters. The students had three songs prepared and a tray of goodies to share with them. My group was hesitant at first, but they overcame their shyness when they saw people enjoying their songs with encouraging smiles.
We met up at the Hope House at Fatuoaiga to perform for the residents there. I knew the kids would be more shy there, but they soon filled the hall with Christmas spirit and warmth. (Well, it was already warm, but anyway...) Each class had a song prepared. Some sang, others played makeshift instruments, other struck chimes, and others acted out songs.
After the performance students greeted the residents and wished them a Merry Christmas. I know we probably gained more by giving service our sweet friends there, then they did by listening. And by the expressions of joy and excitement on the students' faces, I knew we'd reached our goal.
We ended the event at Ms. Teri's house with games, lunch, and a Hot Cocoa bar including toppings of ice cream, m&m's, candy canes, and cookies. What better way to start Christmas break than a service buzz and sugar rush!