Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude
Attitude of Gratitude

Service at Sidwell Friends heads into the holiday season.

Throughout Sidwell Friends School this November, students, families, and staff have had hearts full of joy and service as the Thanksgiving holiday approached. November 19 marked the first 9th-10th-11th grade Upper School Service Day. The annual 9th Grade Pie Bake imbued the DC campus with the smell of apples and sugar. The industrious 10th Grade Service Project crafted boredom-buster bags and activity kits for patients at Children’s National Hospital. And the 11th graders made more than 400 sandwiches for Martha’s Table. What’s more,The Latin American Society, Upper School student government, and Middle School teamed up to prepare 100 turkey meal kits for Mary’s Center! Sidwell Friends quadrupled its impact (last year, the School made just 25 kits), and as a result the School contributed fully one-third of the kits Mary’s Center handed out this year—all with seasonably delectable foods for the perfect Thanksgiving. We are grateful to all who donated, baked, and bagged.

But service at Sidwell Friends is ongoing! All families are invited to donate a new toy for community partners at Mary's Center and So Kids SOAR. Add your gift to the boxes in the garage and in the Middle School lobby by Friday morning, December 8. Or donate a gift card at the Middle School front desk or the Upper School Dean of Students Office. Here’s a list of frequently requested items for all ages, from infants to teens, and all interests, from Lego to Barbie to Marvel. Middle and Upper School students will be sorting the gifts for delivery the afternoon of December 8.

If cooking is more your speed, Bethesda Cares will need extra food over winter break. The organization usually receives extra food from the Lower School dining room for its lunch program for hungry neighbors. To make up for the food not provided from the dining room over break, please sign up here to provide a freezer-ready 12-by-8-inch casserole or ham by December 15. You may deliver direct to Bethesda Cares or drop off on campus per the instructions on the signup. 

Your enthusiasm and efforts will touch friends in need throughout the region and will shine a light of joy and gratitude to many families this holiday season.

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