In the pajama drive image: First row (from left): Makenzie Harrison, Justin Phillips, Darius Katro-Gumbs. Second row (from left): Caleb Marquez, Nailah Hazelwood, Morgan Phillips. Third Row: Christian Phillips.
To wrap up an amazing year, we celebrated the holiday season this past December with our holiday show! All month long, we held our annual coat and pajama drive to collect these clothing items for people in need. The coats were collected for Anton’s Coats for Kids drive, and pajamas were collected for the Scholastic Reading Club’s “Great Bedtime Story” Pajama Drive.
Donated coats were cleaned free of charge by Anton’s Cleaners and then distributed through the Coats for Kids Distribution Partners network. Since the program began in 1995, nearly 800,000 coats have been collected and distributed.
Now in its 8th year, Scholastic Reading Club classrooms have collected and donated almost 500,000 pairs of pajamas to the Pajama Program through the “Great Bedtime Story” Pajama Drive over the past 7 years. We are proud to participate in these drives. Activities like these are one of the vital ways we teach students to have compassion for their fellow humans and to give back to their communities.
On December 21, our students hosted the Lower School Holiday Show. Each of the lower school classes performed for parents and again for their fellow students. The students also participated in the annual cookie exchange and raffle to raise funds for the school. Celebrating the holiday season and supporting the community is something our students enjoy greatly and this past holiday season was no different. With support from all of the students and faculty, 50 coats and 30 pairs of pajamas were collected.
In giving back, students learn first-hand about community and civic engagement, as well as seeing what a difference kids can make. Courses, activities, and projects are interwoven throughout our curriculum to strengthen honesty, accountability, and character. We refer to it as “developing backbone” and it is central to the success of The Delphi Program.Thank you for helping to make 2016 an incredible year! Here’s to another great year.