Students at Two Rivers Community School Learn Through Giving This Holiday Season

Published Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 12:12 pm

Two Rivers Community School held its annual Holiday Store fundraiser on Dec. 4 to support families in need within our community. Simultaneously, the school’s annual food drive was nearing an end. Two Rivers’ teachers utilize these efforts as service learning projects engaging students in the different learning opportunities within each project.

Two Rivers Community School

The Holiday Store is an event for students to purchase donated items from local families, businesses, and supporters. It is similar to a school yard sale, but is exclusive to students. Students get the opportunity to shop for low-cost holiday gifts for their families and friends. The school’s fourth grade class manages the collection of items, prices the items, volunteers at the store, and handles the money as items are purchased. It’s a great opportunity for students to practice leadership, work together, and gain some exposure to financial literacy.

This year the store raised over $700 creating some excitement last Friday.

“This is the largest sum of money we’ve ever raised at the Holiday Store,” said Guidance Counselor Rachel Wood. “We plan to use the funds to purchase items for our families in need over the holiday season.”

In conjunction to the Holiday Store, the kindergarten class facilitated the school’s food drive. Late in October a Hospitality House representative visited the kindergarten class charging them with a mission to fill a shopping cart with canned foods and other items needed during the holiday season.

Throughout November and December the kindergarten challenged every grade level to bring in items to fill the cart. Today, cans, cereal boxes, and other items of need overflow the edges of the shopping cart into the school’s main office. Later this week the shopping cart will be donated to the Hospitality House. Before then, the kindergarten class will count and organize the items tying the experience to academics.

Two Rivers Community School

Service Learning is an important aspect to the Two Rivers’ culture. Students learn early on the importance of serving your community. The Two Rivers’ faculty and staff does an amazing job tying academic growth into each service project. “It’s what makes Two Rivers special”, says Ryan Robinson, Two Rivers Development Director, “Every project or initiative is deliberate carrying an important outcome for our students and community. Students aren’t simply serving, they are learning through service.”

Founded in 2005, Two Rivers Community School is a tuition-free, K-8, public-charter school based in Boone, NC. The Two Rivers curriculum challenges students with dynamic learning experiences both in and out of the classroom. Academics are at the core of every opportunity provided with the expectation that students grow in both character and in intellect during their time at Two Rivers. This year the school’s enrollment is 178 students with openings still available until January.

If you would like to learn more about Two Rivers Community School, please contact Ryan Robinson at 828-262-5411 or email at [email protected]

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