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Our Bellevue School District community found many ways to lend a hand and give back during the holiday season this year! Students, families and community members donated through a variety of opportunities with our schools and partners. Below are just some of the ways our schools and community partners gave back this year:

Eastgate Elementary’s Service Team collected 380 pounds of food and supplies for Hopelink. The Service Team is comprised of fifth grade students who go through an application and interview process to be on the team. They meet throughout the year to focus on improving the school and building community. So far this year they have organized the Hopelink drive, taught recess games to the school’s Kindergarten and first grade students and helped with the daily announcements.

Students at Sammamish High hosted a donation drive for families impacted by the Camp Fire in California. One student has relatives who lost their homes in the fire, which urged the school’s National Honor Society to start the drive. With just a week’s notice the Sammamish community donated enough items to support a few families impacted by the fire.

Woodridge Elementary hosted a toy drive for Hopelink and a PTSA Drive for Excellence Donation. This wasn’t the only month they focused on giving back to the community – they had a sock drive in October and Operation Gratitude, where they collected leftover Halloween candy to send to troops overseas in November.

Students at Newport High collected approximately 2,500 items to donate to veterans experiencing homelessness. Some of the items included bottled water, socks, hats, gloves, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo & conditioner, feminine hygiene products, canned foods and packaged foods. The leadership class then collected the items, sorted through them, and counted them to prepare them for donation.

Bellevue LifeSpring hosted their annual distribution day for their Holiday Adopt-A-Family program. This program matches community sponsors with Bellevue School District families who are in need to provide them gifts for holiday season. Volunteers organized the gifts by family groups and assisted in setup for those receiving bikes.  More than 280 families received gifts this year, all thanks to Bellevue LifeSpring’s event!

Staff at Ardmore Elementary were treated by their students’ parents to a taco truck for lunch. They wanted to celebrate the staff and show their appreciation!

Students at Tillicum participated in their annual pet food drive for the local Seattle Humane Society. They collected 3,125 pounds of food and 159 pet items as a way to show compassion for animals in need.

We are thankful to be a part of a community that values compassion and service! Both of which are values that are outlined in our Strategic Plan.

Do you want to share some of the ways your school has given back this holiday season? Tell us on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #SpiritofGiving and tag us!