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Community Service

Helping Others and Learning in the Process

Date Posted:  Wednesday, April 10, 2019

EB Middle School students visited and volunteered at the Alameda Food Bank last week as part of our annual effort to support the county’s nonprofit. The Food Bank through food and dollar donations feeds over 300,000 people a year.

It was founded to help Alameda residents in need by providing nourishing food in a compassionate and respectful manner with the support of dedicated volunteers and local partners.

Class by class, each student spent an afternoon tying up mesh bags and filling them with fruit. The students look forward to this annual trip because their work is appreciated and allows them a chance to give back to the local communit by  in a supporting a well organized non-profit.

After a few hours of work, the volunteer director shared Cesar Chavez's words of wisdom with our students, “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community... Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”  

Seventh grade students were able to make links between the spirit and inspiration of the Food Bank with our English class discussions of both Obama and Frederick Douglass speeches that promoted a similar philosophy. As always, I am impressed with how service learning has an amazing capacity to make learning visible and alive as we open our hearts and show up for our community.  

 

Learning from Helping Others at Glide Memorial

Date Posted:  Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Eighth graders made their annual trip to Glide in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco this past January. In addition to spiritual ministry, Glide offers social services to its community. Mme. Bishop and Mme. Filato accompanied 8B while Ms. Hedlund and M. Labadie traveled with 8E.

Students took a walking tour of the Tenderloin led by a member of the community. They learned about the neighborhood’s history, its status as the only neighborhood protecting SRO’s (single room occupancy), and the myriad of services from medical care to mobile shower units to senior and family housing that local agencies provide. After the tour, students help serve meals to guests at Glide. On each of our trips, students helped serve more than 800 meals as well as prepare food for future meals.


EB families are encouraged to volunteer with the community organizations our students have visited, Alameda County Community Food Bank and Glide. More information can be found on the organization's website.

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