Students in Lore School have an opportunity to demonstrate “Unity in the Community”. A variety of activities are planned where students learn the importance of giving, through visiting seniors, donating money and making items for others during Family Group meetings.In addition to all students participating in this area, fifth grade students must perform and document ten hours of community service in order to obtain a link during the Linking Ceremony.Care One/BridgesFifth grade classes at Lore Elementary School are linked to residents at the Care One facility for seniors. They welcome the fifth grade classes as they prepare seasonal decorations and engage in activities with the residents. This is one of the important aspects of community service. Our students have an opportunity to further the concepts of our Unity Program as they participate in the community.Giving ProjectEach year, the Lore School students participate in the Giving Project as part of the Unity Program. Various activities are planned to benefit others in need.
Over the years some of our Giving Projects included raising money for the Sunshine Foundation, supporting Toys for Tots, running annual food, clothing, blanket and coat drives, purchasing holiday gifts for children in foster care, providing necessities for local families, going global by donating to Heifer International and adopting a platoon of 120 soldiers in Zabul province in southern Afghanistan. Another component of the Giving Project is the very successful annual “Jump Rope for Heart” and “Hoops for Heart” supported by the physical education department.
Students are taking the principles they learn at school and are using them in their everyday lives. Groups of students donated their hair to “Locks of Love,”. and assisted in the local community by helping at churches, shelters and other organizations. They have learned the concept that giving is most rewarding.All of these Giving activities have helped our students to develop a real sense of community and empathy for others. The extension from the classroom, to the school, to the community is a major principle of the Unity Program.Hoops and Jump Rope for HeartThe Physical Education Department supports the Unity Program with a variety of activities such as “Jump Rope for Heart” and “Hoops for Heart”. By supporting these events, students are also offered another way to exercise. Even through physical education, students learn examples of giving and cooperation. These annual events were recognized with an award from the American Heart Association.Mobile Meals on WheelsMobile Meals on Wheels is Lore School’s annual spring Giving Project. The students and staff pack 150 baskets for homebound residents of Ewing and Trenton, New Jersey. Each year our K-5 Family groups prepare and decorate baskets filled with a variety soups, crackers, treats and a token of Lore School. These baskets are delivered by the Mobile Meals volunteers. We are committed to partnering with Mobile Meals of Ewing and Trenton for this annual project which benefits homebound clients.
For this Giving project, Lore School was recognized for the Levira Leftwich Award which is given to an individual and a group whose efforts mirror the spirit and commitment of the volunteer for which the award is named.