Community Service

“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” John 13:14

One of Villa’s Core Values is that of Compassion and Service.  As a community, we strive to provide service where needed within our school environment as well as beyond our gates! To that end, the fifth graders have three unique opportunities for service this year. The first is a one-time project involving baking pies to be served at the Matt Talbot Center’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the homeless in downtown Seattle. To read more about the center, click here.  To help make this project more relevant for the students, we will be undertaking a project, exploring the problem of homelessness in Seattle. In addition to researching discussing the issue, each class will be making an infomercial to educate our community and provide information on how we can all be a part of working toward ending homelessness in our city.

Our second commitment is ongoing and  is referred to as being part of a Green Team.  Teams of two students monitor the recycling and food waste that occurs in the lunchroom for both the K-2 and the 3-5 lunches. In addition to helping students know which bins to dump their waste, they also monitor the floors to make sure food spillage is taken care of, change out the food waste bags at the end of each period, and replace garbage cans as needed. In order to be present for the K-2 lunch, the students are giving up their lunch recess for the day their team is in the lunchroom. This is truly an act of service!

Finally, in addition to helping keep our lunchroom environment “green,” the 5th graders have adopted a portion of the grounds to take care of. Weeding and pulling out invasive species will we an ongoing activity throughout the year as weather permits!

We are looking forward to a year filled with evidence that our Core Value of compassion and service is alive and well in 5th grade.