Schools Respond to North Bay Fires
The October fires that decimated homes, businesses, and schools for so many of our North Bay neighbors hit close to home here in MPCSD, too. Countless district families have friends and relatives in affected areas, and our thoughts were with them during those scary weeks when it seemed like the fires just would not stop burning. In true MPCSD spirit, our schools put thoughts into action and every campus created a tangible effort for our families to help those who had lost so much. Thank you to all the teachers, staff, parents, and most importantly our students for everything they did to show empathy and compassion and make a time of suffering for our neighbors a little bit easier.
The Hillview community raised over $7200 for the American Red Cross Wildfire Relief Fun during an after-school event in which students watch an inspiration movie about another student helping after a disaster, The Red Wagon. They wrote letters thanking first responders for their heroic efforts. Hillview also sponsored an on-going gift card drive, in coorperation with the Menlo Park Police Department, to be directly dispersed to affected families. To read the article in InMenlo written by students Claire Auslander & Margot Gibbons, click here.
Oak Knoll students participated in Chores for Change, donating all their earned change to to fire victims through the American Red Cross. For over a week students cleaned rooms, washed cars, cleaned windows and vacuumed all to earn money to donate to the American Red Cross. On Thursday, November 2nd, Hanna Malak from the American Red Cross came to pick up our donation. He appeared with Mrs. Scott on KNOL to announce the total amount collected. As a school, Oak Knoll collected $2,676.81! The Otters really live their theme of BEYOND ME!
In true Laurel community spirit, all families became helpers during the week of the fire, collecting and donating 12 SUV carloads full of much needed supplies to the fire ravaged areas. What an outpouring of support, love and generosity! When we model generous behavior in front of our kids, and they see the real life effects of how we can help people in need, we support their growth as lifelong givers. We can change the narrative of a scary, sad situation into a fulfilling, feel good story. This is a gift not only for those in need, but for our children. A project based learning unit in which students create fall decorations for sale to raise more money for fire victims is also in progress, called Goods for Good.
Encinal families also hosted a canned food drive, collecting food, delivering it on the weekend, and helping Empire Redwood Food Bank in Santa Rosa serve over 400 families. Librarian Ms. Healy led a letter writing campaign during each class's library time resulting in over 600 individual beautiful and heartfelt cards from students to the fire fighters who battled the flames all week long. In art class, students worked with Stephanie Noon to create murals based on the street art of J Goldcrown which will be photographed and the prints sold to raise money for fire victim relief.
The MPCSD community came together in many ways in response to a local tragedy, living the district's Core Values of Engagement, Leadership, and Partnership. Thank you for raising kind, compassionate children of action and enthusiasm.