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Estrella Student and Adult Volunteers Help All Faith

Community service is important at Estrella Mountain Elementary School (EMES). Every IB Junior High Academy member is required to perform a certain number of community service hours each year, depending on their grade level.  In addition to the students, the Cougar Community Volunteers (CCV) also values community service, especially at school, where a core group of approximately 65 volunteers contributes about 37 hours per school day (the equivalent of 4.6 full-time employees).

CCV created a summer project that brings together Estrella students in grades 4 through 8, and the adult volunteers to make a difference at  All Faith Services. The partnership is a win-win-win for both. The food bank runs short of volunteers during the summer.  With a bit of training, and some expert supervision, the Estrella volunteers are filling in the gaps. For the volunteers there is a sense of accomplishment and improved well-being obtained  they get by making a difference in someone else’s life. Additionally, the students and adults are working together and getting to know each other better, settings the stage for future collaborative projects. Junior high students win in another way by fulfilling some of their community service requirements before school begins in August. The biggest win is that the clients of the food bank are getting the items they need in a timely manner.



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