Character Tree Traits in Action
Friday, January 17, 2014 is a day that will be treasured and remembered by all members of the Ravenscroft community that were able to participate in our celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and our first Day of Service.
The Lower School began the morning with a Tree Talk where we all gathered together as a community to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King and his commitment to equity and justice as well as his commitment to service. We discussed how he was a true citizen leader who successfully led himself, led with others, and changed our world for the better. We also shared the next area of focus in our Citizen Leader framework– culturally inclusive— and defined what it means for our young Ravens: A person who is culturally inclusive builds positive relationships by learning about, respecting,and celebrating how we are all alike and different.
After our Tree Talk, each grade level demonstrated their leadership by participating in a grade specific service project. I was so proud of all our students and could not stop smiling all day as I walked around and witnessed the pure joy experienced by our students and faculty as they led with others to change someone else’s world.
Pre-Kindergarten made homemade bird feeders to ensure our feathery friends had enough to eat during the cold winter months and hung them around our campus.
Kindergarten took a field trip to a local nursing home to bring homemade gifts and warm socks to all the residents and shared their gift of song. They warmed their feet, hands, and hearts!
First Grade worked on creating All About books that they will publish and then deliver to local daycare facilities so they can share their love of literature with other young people in the area.
Second Grade spent time making Valentine’s Day cards for our troops over seas through the Hugs for Soldiers program. These heartfelt messages will be sent in the coming weeks so our soldiers know we love them and thank them for their service.
Third Grade made fleece blankets for the patients in the pediatric unit at Wake Med. Our students know that being sick is hard, and being in the hospital is even harder. They wanted to make sure the children knew there were other people thinking of them by providing them with a warm blanket made from the heart.
Fourth Grade showed their creativity, responsibility, and independence as they worked on their individual products that they will sell at the 4th Grade Market in May. All proceeds of the Market benefit schools in Costa Rica who are in need of basic supplies and materials.
Fifth Grade filled the Middle School gym with spirit as they worked as a team to package 10,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now. Pretty amazing what this 5th grade community was able to do in just two hours!
“Leadership is not a position or a title; it is action and example.”
This was the quote Dr. Harper ended our Tree Talk with as she challenged us all to take the lessons from Dr. King and show with our actions that we took them to heart.
I believe the Lower School did just that on Friday, January 17, 2014 during our Day of Service.
The Lower School community definitely changed the world for the better in just one day.