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A Successful Global Youth Service Week

The Upper School Service Board recently completed its first Global Youth Service Week on Wednesday. Our week to rally engagement in service began on Earth Day (April 22), with a list of suggested environmentally-friendly behaviors. The following day, students colored puzzle pieces of positivity as a symbol of our joining together to raise awareness around autism and neurodiversity. The weeklong event kicked into high gear over the weekend, when we participated in Global Youth Service Day, which is the largest youth service and civic action event in the world. 

The weekend centered on supporting our nonprofit partner Filling in the Blanks, with an Upper School food packing event on Saturday and our second annual Virtual 5K on Sunday. Thanks to the participation and generosity of our community, we raised over $21,000 for this wonderful organization, which provides children in need with food.

On Monday, students were invited to write cards to senior citizens in our community during the MS and US lunches in an effort to help the senior citizens feel connected and cared about. Tuesday was our food drive for the New Covenant Center, which resulted in a huge THANK YOU from their organization. They were enormously grateful for the outpouring of support from St. Luke’s School. Our seventh and final day was the creation of Kindness Cards for Filling in the Blanks. These cheery messages will go into the bags of food that are sent home every Friday with children who are on free and reduced meals. 
Sloan Barker ‘22, Service Board Vice-President, took charge of the event and coordinated student support for most in-school activities. She said, “I'm so excited that so many people participated in Global Youth Service Week! Although I enjoyed all of the activities, my favorite was decorating the puzzle pieces for autism awareness because everyone was so creative. I can't wait to put the puzzle together and see it on display in our school! I'm thrilled that this week inspired students and faculty to serve our community, and I can't wait for next year!”

For photos from St. Luke’s Global Youth Service Week, click here.

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