This year marks the 18th year of a long-standing Burnt Hills tradition--Community Service Day!
Community Service Day was created in 1995 by retired middle school educators Joyce Brown and Marge Rizzo.
On Tuesday, Nov. 26, eighth grade students volunteer their time and energy to a variety of community agencies during the week of Thanksgiving.
Approximately 250 eighth graders, accompanied by parents and school staff, will each provide two hours of service to nearly 30 diverse agencies including soup kitchens, nursing homes, and day care centers. Several groups will remain at school to work on activities that will benefit the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and Bethesda House of Schenectady. Speakers from each of these agencies will address students and provide information on how student work impacts our community.
O’Rourke Middle School teachers Lindsay Armbruster (Health) and Melissa Buyce (Family and Consumer Sciences) are organizing the event, which has taken on a new theme this year based on the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud.
Armbruster and Buyce say the new theme will help students focus their discussions about the event on the value of giving back and the ways their work helps others, and also how community service promotes self awareness and positive self-esteem.
The goal of the program is to help students grow personally, intellectually, and socially as 21st century learners, while embracing the spirit of volunteerism.
View a photo gallery of the day's activities.