PTA Newsletter Jan. 16, 2019 - PTA Association Meeting & Kindergarten Info Night
Dear Edison Families,
Being a good community member involves looking around to see what is needed and what can be done to support our world, small and large. "Giving when we can" is the guiding principle of the Edison PTA Community Service Committee, and in the next few weeks, Otters will be helping out in several different ways:
On Tuesday, February 5th, Edison will hold its annual Family Community Service Night from 6-7:30pm in the MPR. We will share dinner and do hands-on projects to benefit those in need. Ahead of this night, we are holding a donation drive for toothpaste, toothbrushes, granola bars and drawstring bags to fill the homeless care kits that we will be making at the event. Please bring any donations to our bin in the office by February 1st.
On the first two Fridays in February, the 5th graders will be working the morning shifts at the Alameda County Community Food Bank as their Legacy Project for Edison. This service learning project is in its third year and involves pre- and post-service learning, discussions, and actual volunteering experience to introduce and reinforce community service as an important part of how we interact with our world. With the support of the 5th grade teachers and a team of volunteer parents, this project has been both inspiring and and fun. Last year's 5th grade class bagged 27, 064 pounds of produce, which serves about 22,578 meals to families in need!
In addition to these upcoming projects, Otters and their families have already contributed this year to a local drive for homeless hygiene products, collected Halloween candy to brighten up care packages for the military and first responders, made cards to send love and support to kids affected by the Camp Fire, and raised $2581 in the Camp Fire Relief Drive for Paradise Elementary and Inspire School for Arts and Sciences to help the families get back on their feet. The stories of Otters donating their tooth fairy money and their much-anticipated Halloween candy have been inspiring, prompting more Otters to look around and ask how they can give when they can and make time to help others.
Please join us at the Family Community Service Night (and sign up on Konstella to help out if you can), and be sure to ask a 5th grader about the adventures at the food bank!
Also, remember to click on the PDF attachment and read about upcoming Edison events!
Kate Rome and Shelby Morita-Fowler, Co-Chairs of the Edison PTA Community Service Committee