By Mary DuBard, AmeriCorps Member, Comcast NBCUniversal Sponsored Team,
Serving at Bakersville Elementary School
On May 27, my school team had the honor of hosting the first ever City Year run-event at our school, Bakersville Elementary. Instead of a traditional math or literacy night, we ran a service night for our students! Students came and had the opportunity to participate in many different stations. The stations included creating dog biscuits for a local animal shelter, writing cards for service men and women, writing cards and creating paper flowers for a nursing home, creating toiletry kits, designing placemats for a food pantry, putting together blankets for donations, and a student-run bake sale for cancer research. We even had free healthy snacks such as GoGurt, apple slices, and parfaits for students, all provided by McDonalds.
All students who attended were required to have a parent or guardian with them, but many showed up with siblings and cousins who were eager to participate. Everybody was able to participate and help the local community. I ran the station where attendees could create toiletry kits for recently homeless families. Students, parents, and siblings put together their own kits for donations. Some students got to the end of the assembly line, only to ask, “Can I make another one?” It was amazing seeing the excitement and dedication students put into their work. Over the course of the night, we made over 150 kits, all going to Families in Transition!
As the evening wound down, students started migrating towards the check-out table. There they traded in their station trackers for a wristband with values such as dream, service, and love. Students left the event not only with smiles on their faces, but also with a physical reminder of the service they’d done that night. Looking around the room filled with donations for local service organizations, I knew this event would have an impact on not just the students and families who attended, but for the entire community of Manchester.