At the end of the last week, the PCD community came together outside the classroom to help others as part of our 11th Annual Community Service Day. What started as a simple initiative to expand the school's commitment to community service has now grown to become a treasured annual tradition with significant and lasting community partnerships among area senior centers, churches, homeless shelters, early education programs, and Boys & Girls clubs.
Throughout its history, Community Service Day projects have spanned dozens of different volunteer sites and included activities from prepping and serving meals to leading storytime and craft activities with preschool children, as well as general cleaning, painting, and yardwork. Friday, our volunteer groups decorated holiday cookies with seniors and wrapped gifts for 'Wish Kids' who are facing a life-threatening medical condition, among many other activities.
PCD's practice of service and community engagement is essential, particularly this time of year says Head of School Kevin Folan in the morning remarks on Friday. "In the Folan house these days, it's often about receiving: what is Santa bringing me? I love the fact that on December 13th, close to the holidays, PCD is instead asking how can we help serve someone else. PCD is a leadership school, and leadership is about serving other people and working to make your community a little bit better than you found it."