On a recent December morning, Delano Middle School students and staff recognized the needs of others in the community and experienced an important lesson in life: Give a helping hand where you can. This exercise in generosity was part of the school’s third annual Global Community Outreach Project.
Students shared goodwill toward others by participating in purposeful and structured activities such as making fleece blankets; writing thank you letters to veterans; collecting, sorting and distributing clothing and household items for those in need; making sandwiches for the homeless; creating birthday bags for those that would otherwise go without a celebration; and sharing holiday music with senior citizens at the Golden Living Center in Delano, to name a few projects.
The Global Community Outreach Project was designed, planned and implemented by staff members at DMS. The purpose of this project was to give back to the community, provide an opportunity to allow the students to get to know others outside of their social circles, and for teachers and students to get to know each other in a different context.
As the saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.” All the influences in children’s lives play a critical role in educating them. In school a child learns to read, write and do arithmetic, but children must also learn to be productive citizens. Through this outreach project, DMS staff hoped to teach students how to improve the quality of life for their neighbors, community and the world around them.
The outreach program was a success in many ways, yielding 80 birthday bags, 50 Christmas boxes, 300 sandwiches and 30 fleece blankets for distribution. The project’s success was also due in part to parent and community volunteers donating time, energy and resources. DMS staff look to this project to create private initiatives for public good and focus on a quality of life for those in the community and beyond that need a little help.