|Top of page: Students sort donated items at Things of My Very Own. Directly above, students spent time at both Schenectady Community Action Program Head Start locations. Scroll down for more photos from Iroquois Community Service Day 2015.|
It was tough to miss Iroquois 8th grade students making a difference in the
greater community on Friday morning, September 25. All 208 students in the class
fanned out to 14 different sites in the Niskayuna/Schenectady area, mostly
nonprofit organizations, for the annual 8th Grade Community Service Day.
Students helped prepare meals for a soup kitchen, worked in recreational therapy rooms with seniors, helped younger students in a 3rd grade classroom, sorted donations, stocked shelves, raked leaves, dug potatoes, and much more.
Iroquois students have participated in a community service day for most of the last decade. This year, 15 staff members, four parents, the support of Principal Vicki Wyld, and the partnership with the area organizations made it possible.
"The purpose of the day has always been primarily to expose our students to the great needs of our own community and to help them realize that they can make a difference," said teacher Monica Judd, who initiated the community service day at the school in 2005 and continues to play a lead role in organizing it.
"The day went great," Mrs. Judd added. "The kids shared their experiences when we returned to school so that they would all understand the many needs of our community. Many also expressed an interest in visiting their sites again."
The day was featured by the Daily Gazette, with a photo gallery on its website and front page photos in Saturday morning's newspaper.
Below are some photos taken at some of the work sites, and here is the full list of places that students volunteered: Bethesda House; City Mission Distribution Center; Ellis Nursing Home; Heritage Home; Ingersoll Place; Regional Food Bank; Roots and Wisdom; Schenectady Day Nursery; Schenectady Head Start, (2 locations); Things of My Very Own; Vale Cemetery; and Van Corlaer Elementary School.