GCS Students Take On Community Challenges

Guilford County School students, from elementary to high school, are taking on major challenges in our community. Fifteen schools received Gift of Giving Grants from Four Seasons Town Center to fund service-learning projects that deal with issues ranging from hunger and poverty to literacy and domestic violence.

Students are working on their projects now, and will present the results at the Four Seasons’ Martin Luther King Day of Service Celebration on Monday, Jan. 16.

One example from the elementary school level is at Hunter Elementary, where ACES students are making stockings for families in need and stuffing them with toiletries, handmade holiday cards, bookmarks and bracelets.

At Ferndale Middle, students are coordinating a school-wide service-learning campaign addressing the issue of local and global hunger. In addition to sharing information with their peers, the Student Government Association and Builder’s Club will lead a food drive to collect boxes of pasta and canned sauces to donate to local food pantries. They will also design and produce a kid-friendly book of pasta recipes for distribution at local nonprofits.

Middle College at Bennett students plan to help students impacted by Hurricane Matthew by creating academic care packages which will include school supplies, encouraging notes and study tips for students in Cumberland County.

Other projects include creating mini-libraries for children to borrow and return books, food drives, holiday meal collections, book drives, encouraging healthier lifestyles, and care packages for cancer patients, hurricane victims, victims of domestic violence and homelessness.

“We teach our students about kindness in school, and these service-learning experiences allow students to put those lessons in action, combined with other skills they’ve gained in classes,” says Charlos Banks, executive director of student services and character development. “It’s amazing to see how they come up with these ideas, and then to see the pride in their faces when they realize the difference they’ve made.”