November 17-23 was National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. In support of this concern and in preparation for Thanksgiving, Brookstone held a school-wide focus, Thanks-for-Giving Week. All across campus and the Columbus community Brookstone students and their families gave service through many special activities:
- School-wide collection of non-perishable food items that will benefit Brown Bag of Columbus, Columbus Dream Center, and organizations in Marion County.
- School-wide collection of new socks and underwear and new or gently used clothing, jackets, and coats for the Sara Spano Clothing Bank, benefitting students in Muscogee County who do not have adequate clothing.
- School-wide collection of used shoes, to benefit The Keep Columbus Beautiful Commission's Shoe Recycling Campaign that will divert shoes from our landfill and reuse them by sending them to developing countries.
- The lower and intermediate school students prepared Sharing Socks for Participants in the Open Door Showering Program.
- Many middle school students prepared food boxes for distribution at Feeding the Valley.
- A group of upper school students visited the after school program at Open Door to tutor students.
- The Art Club went to Open Door to make Thanksgiving crafts with students in the after school program.
- The football team served at Habitat for Humanity
- Brookstone Honor Scholars worked alongside Fox Elementary students to plant trees with Trees Columbus.
- Students supported Typhon Haiyan relief efforts and got an opportunity to “wear pajamas to school” in exchange.
The week culminated in the First Annual Family Day of Service. Families were able to kick-off the holiday season by serving together to benefit those in need. Projects included making placemats for nursing home residents, preparing giggle bags for children in the hospital, making fleece blankets for the homeless, and writing letters of appreciation to the military.
We are thankful that all Brookstone students are connected to the local and global community through service. Although service is not required, all students participate in service and leadership opportunities throughout the year. We give thanks for this GREAT Thing!