On Wednesday, March 4, Harbor Day students in grades K-7 participated in an all-school service day benefiting many charities throughout Orange County.
The kindergarteners put together birthdays in a box to benefit the children of Thomas House Shelter. Each student wrote birthday cards to be included in large boxes containing all the supplies needed for a fun-filled birthday party - party cups and plates, balloons, cake mixes and frosting, and lots of decorations. HDS students were excited to be putting these boxes together. The first grader's decorated placemats for seniors at Crown Cove. The students had a great time writing cheerful messages and making drawings on the placemats and decorated them with stickers, markers, and colored pencils. As an added surprise, several students will deliver the placemats to the grateful seniors.
The second graders also supported Thomas House Shelter by putting together care packages. Students enthusiastically decorated craft bags with markers, crayons, and stickers while each of the students donated a stuffed toy for their bags. The students worked collaboratively and posed for many pictures with their completed packages. The third graders enjoyed making custom animal toys for OC Animal Care. The students loved putting their personal touches on the toys made out of tube socks, from elaborate braids to overstuffed socks tied off with ribbons.
The fourth graders put together gift bags and welcome bags for Miracle Babies in NICU. The bags contained all sorts of hygiene items for the children such as lip balm, toothbrushes, and paste, mouthwash, floss, wipes, and lotion. The bags also had treats for the children such as pens, journals, mints, and granola bars. To top everything off, the students eagerly wrote notes of encouragement for the recipients of each of the bags. The fifth graders made chew toys to benefit OC Animal Care. The students worked together to cut large t-shirts into strips 4” wide, which they then braided and knotted for the toys. Students enjoyed making the toys together.
The sixth and seventh graders put together a variety of items including sack lunches for Lighthouse ministries, cards for babies in NICU for Miracle Babies, and color pages for Color A Smile. Students prepared peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and the lunches also included Rice Krispies Treats, Cuties, water, and a handwritten note from each of the students. The goal for each grade was to prepare 100 lunches, and the students far exceeded expectations. Both sixth and seventh graders enjoyed the hands-on activity and were eager to help each other out with all the items.
Special thanks to all of our wonderful room parents and teachers for making this such a joyful day for all! Every student showed great enthusiasm, a desire to do a fantastic job, and all shared such a sense of community coming together to benefit all the charities.