United in Service 2016

School’s in session for these committed North Shore volunteers.

“Feel love in your body.”

There’s nothing quite like the endearing sentiments of a 4 year old written in a get well card. That was one of the takeaways from this year’s United in Service Day. April 1st marked the third time Shore Country Day School has partnered with North Shore United Way to organize United in Service, a day where Shore families participate in an array of volunteer opportunities designed for children as young as 3.

The cafeteria at Shore was buzzing all afternoon with 40 families chatting, laughing, and giving back. By the end of the event students and parents had created, sorted, and donated…

  • 200 cards decorated with glitter glue, stickers, and drawings for patients at Beverly Hospital
  • 20 fleece blankets for Community Giving Tree which provides low income families with basic necessities like clothing, school supplies, and baby equipment
  • 230 favor bags, 100 utensil packs, and 16 wrapped boxes for Birthday Wishes which will helpsupply 12-15 birthday parties for homeless children in the North Shore
  • Various baby gear for Cradles to Crayons including 2,398 diapers and accompanying hygiene products, 50 lbs. of blankets and clothing, and 52 books, toys, and large pieces of equipment

“We are proud to make giving back fun, engaging and meaningful. United in Service has taken hold in our school’s community in less than a year and it’s become something kids and parents look forward to and seek out,” said Whitney Savignano, a Shore Parent Organizer and one of the event founders. “Upon walking into the dining room and seeing all the families participating and hearing the music playing, one of our new students said ‘Wow, community service at Shore is a party!’”

Party indeed. But a party with a purpose. Shore Country Day School and United Way’s partnership has created something special: It’s the perfect way for families to impact their local community, to teach their children about the importance of service, and to help others together.

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