Students in Kimberly Warren's 5th grade class at Saginaw Elementary were reading a nonfiction current events article about the California fires and became very empathetic to the people affected by the fires. After some pretty powerful discussions about what it would be like to lose everything right before the holidays, they researched ways they could help. The Facebook group "Paradise Fire Adopt a Family" lead SES students to the Beaver family. Briana Beaver, her husband, and two young children lost everything in the fire. They moved in with family members in Oregon until they can begin to rebuild their lives in California. Unfortunately, there were few buildings left standing that could house donated items, so in coordination with Saginaw Elementary's Lions Quest program, the students arranged a school-wide coin drive to raise money. SES students raised over $600 for the Beaver family and participated in a Skype call with Briana to share the good news!
The Lions Quest program helps create a school and classroom environment that promotes the positive student behaviors that lead to greater academic success. Normally this service learning project happens at the end of the year per the Lions Quest curriculum, but students were so engaged with wanting to help the people who lost their homes, the project was moved up since it happened more naturally at this point in time.
We are #emsproud of you Saginaw Elementary for your service to the Beaver family and the community of Paradise!