Bayside Academy Civic Engagement Students Present Donations to Area Non-Profits

Submitted: Bayside Academy

Daphne, Ala., October 11, 2018 – Bayside Academy civic engagement students presented significant donations to area non-profit organizations at an assembly on Monday, October 8.

Seventh and eighth grade students at Bayside participate in a quarter-long civic engagement class whose purpose is to ignite and cultivate a desire for service. Every Friday, a guest speaker from a local non-profit spoke to the students about their agency and the services they provide in our community.

For their civic engagement projects, students utilized their unique strengths and interests to create their own service-learning initiatives. Students were encouraged to respond to causes that ignited an empathic response, and it was essential that they had the freedom to make a difference in areas that pulled at their hearts. Each group began by identifying and researching community needs before aligning themselves with community leaders and preparing and executing an action plan. This assembly was a culmination of their hard work.

Students were extremely proud to present their donations to five area groups:

  • $462.00 to Waterfront Rescue Mission,
  • 288 canned goods to Catholic Social Services for the Backpack Program,
  • $299.55 to The Haven,
  • 809 birthday items worth more than $1,200.00 to Prodisee Pantry, and
  • 1,385 books and art supplies to the Ronald McDonald House in Mobile.

Below you will find detailed information on each group’s project:

Waterfront Rescue Mission

Steven O’Neill and his father share a love of cooking and frequently use their skills at local fundraisers. They also volunteer at the Waterfront Rescue Mission periodically. Therefore, Steven and his group decided to cook pork sandwiches and sell them to Bayside’s Upper School students during lunch. Moe’s Original BBQ wanted to help out this worthwhile project and donated the buns for the sandwiches. Last Thursday, Steven had a football game until 8:00 p.m. and then stayed up until 2:00 a.m. slow cooking pork for the fundraiser. This was truly an effort that came from his heart and resulted in $462.00 being donated to the Waterfront Rescue Mission.

Catholic Social Services

25% of children in Baldwin County are food insecure, meaning they do not know from where their next meal will come. Catholic Social Services has a backpack program to send canned goods home with children who fall into this category. The civic engagement group placed boxes in all seventh and eighth grade advisory rooms and asked students to donate canned goods. They were able to collect 288 cans to donate to CSS’s Backpack Program, far exceeding their goal of 150 cans.

The Haven

Baked goods were created by Bayside students and supplemented by generous donations from Warehouse Bakery, Great American Cookie Company, Little Cake Shop, and the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce. After selling cookies and treats during break all week, the civic engagement group was able to donate $299.55 to The Haven, a no-kill animal shelter in Fairhope.

Prodisee Pantry

After Deann Servos, Director of Prodisee Pantry, spoke to the civic engagement students, the students realized that there are families who are unable to give their children birthday parties due to cost prohibitions. Thinking of a birthday celebrated without cupcakes or sweets made these students realize that they would like to put together birthday boxes complete with cake mix, plates, utensils, napkins, and more. They worked with Bayside Intermediate School students to donate birthday supplies and were able to collect 809 birthday items (worth more than $1,200.00) to donate to Prodisee Pantry.

Ronald McDonald House

When Misty Whitehead, an Executive Board member of the Ronald McDonald House and a Bayside parent, spoke to the civic engagement class, the students realized that there is a tremendous struggle for families with sick children. One of the groups was so moved by her talk that they decided to collect art supplies and books for the children staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Often, families utilizing the services of the Ronald McDonald House also have healthy children who are the siblings of those who are ill. These children are in need of entertainment and support while they live at the Ronald McDonald House. These art supplies and books will serve as an uplifting source of joy for all children who visit the Ronald McDonald House. Working with Bayside Lower School students, this group collected 1,385 books and art supplies to donate to the Ronald McDonald House.

Bayside Academy is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in grades PK–12.

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