To Give and To Receive

Dear Parents,

Of all of the important things we teach our students, we believe that teaching our students how to serve and give back to the community is one of the most important. If we begin to teach our students at very young ages the value of giving back and giving to others, we will see our community transform into a community of thinking about others first. This focus will make our larger community stronger.

Our students have opportunities in both small and large ways to practice this kind of service to others. Through our PBIS system, students are encouraged to go above and beyond expectations by giving of themselves to make this a more positive place to be. Last month, our students worked with Lakeland Chiropractics to collect food and other needed items for local food pantries. The focus was on providing not only food but other essential needs such as toiletries and baby supplies. The students stepped up to the challenge by donating 1,169 needed items for local food pantries. Thank you for your support in making this food drive the most successful drive ever.

As we reflect on this season of giving, OES families have another opportunity to take action in the form of service. We have begun the Kapco Kids 2 Kids Christmas Toy Drive. This drive is a joint effort between Kapco, Inc. and Newsradio 620 WTMJ. The mission is to encourage parents and schools to teach the spirit of giving to our children by taking them to select and purchase a toy for a child who is less fortunate. All toys collected fill the needs of families in Southeastern Wisconsin through The Salvation Army and other charitable venues. We will be collecting toys in the quad until Friday, December 12, and our Students of Service (SOS) group will be delivering the toys on Saturday, December 13. Please consider how your family might contribute to this effort. One student told me today that he was planning to ask his parents to do a few jobs around the house to earn money to purchase a toy for the drive. Ideas like these help students to “own” their part in the project.

As many exciting holiday events are happening this month, please join me in helping our students focus on the importance of giving and sharing with others.

Have a great week!