Two student government members, and Education Coordinator Robbin Brown (center) pose in front of Champa House, where students donated art supplies and food.
Photos courtesy of Aspen Academy
The Aspen Academy community strongly believes that who we are as individuals is always more important than what we know. It strives to facilitate opportunities for students and families to make a positive and lasting impact on the world. Every year during the last week of school before winter break, Aspen Academy holds its annual Spirit of Service Week. During the week of Dec. 16-20, teachers, students and families focus on reaching out to the local community and serving others in areas where it is most needed.
Part of Spirit of Service Week includes students giving donations to a variety of local organizations. This year students donated pajamas to Families First, sports equipment to the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver, art supplies and food to Champa House, and household items to ARC Thrift Stores. The organizations were chosen by the student government, and donations were dropped off by volunteer parents and student government members.
Many other moments of service took place throughout the week. Aspen Academy students and their parents volunteered at The Boys and Girls Club’s Annual Holiday Party. They organized and ran a craft table for the Boys and Girls Club members to enjoy, as well as spent time interacting through ping-pong and other games. Junior Kindergarten students put gift boxes together for troops serving overseas and included handmade holiday cards. Kindergarten students and their fifth grade mentor students put together corn bread, berry crisp, and bean soup jars for the women and children who live at Denver Rescue Mission’s Champa House. Second grade students spent time making scarves they donated to CASA, an organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Denver Juvenile Court. On Dec. 20th, students wore black and gold in support of their neighbor, Arapahoe High School.
Sixth grade students commit themselves to a year-long service learning project that involves a partnership with ARC Thrift Stores. During Spirit of Service Week, sixth graders spent time at ARC Thrift Stores. Students were trained by the employees of ARC with developmental disabilities and spent the morning working alongside them. The sixth graders also helped plan and promote the donation drive for household items, and helped load a truck with more than 200 bags of items.
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