Service Learning

Committee Kick-Off Meeting, Sept. 25th, 8:45 a.m. in Room 13

North School Service Learning 2018/2019 School Year

North Service Learning is a volunteer effort between North Hillsborough School staff and parents. North SL’s mission is to prepare students to be leaders of positive change in the world and instill them with a lifelong passion for service. The program empowers students to take action to positively and directly impact needs in local, regional and global communities through integrating service learning experiences with the learning process. Here is a look at some of the events we are planning this year!


CHANGE for CHANGE 2018/2019

Change for Change (C4C) is our annual program where we raise funds for a special organization serving those in need.  For two weeks in the Spring, students will be encouraged to bring in extra coins from home that can be earned through chores, lemonade stands, etc. and place them in a coin collection bin in their classroom. Last year our kids raised over 4,300 dollars for the Magical Bridge Playground. They also created designs on how to make the North Playground more inclusive and participated in our District wide movie night in the MPR to see “Wonder”.

This year we are trying something new.  We are going to announce an annual theme that we will focus on for the entire school year. This year’s theme is the Environment!

CALL Primrose Thanksgiving 2018 - FILL A BOX / FEED A FAMILY!

Through the generosity of so many in our community, CALL Primrose has been able to provide special meal supplies for over 800 families during the Holidays each year! This year, we're asking North families to help feed the many food insecure families in our area by donating a Thanksgiving Food Box. If you're interested in participating, please keep your eyes open for the sign up sometime in early November.

San Francisco Food Bank December 2nd- 3-5 pm

Come and enjoy this family and teacher friendly event in the city. The SF Food bank has been extremely generous to North Service Learning by allowing us to have all 80 spots available for this highly coveted opportunity. Last year we packed over 2,300 pounds of rice and sorted over 13,500 pounds of apples. The kids love the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and participate!

Project Night Night:

Project Night Night Event after school date TBD- January/February 2019

Another Family-Friendly Opportunity to Do Good!

Project Night Night  is a non-profit organization that gives care packages to homeless children in the Bay Area. This year we are planning another letter writing/care package making event in the library or MPR. We will show your child a short video about Project Night Night and then give them guidance to write a caring letter to the child receiving the care package that you provide. We ask that each participant bring a "Bedtime Bundle" including a new stuffed animal, a new blanket, and a new children's book which your child will put into a small bag provided by North Service Learning along with their letter. Last year we assembled and donated over 150 bundles!


2016-17 Year at a Glance:

Service Learning: What Were North Students Up To?

Impress your children with some “insider information”.  Read up on the ongoing and upcoming North Service Learning projects, and spark some great dinner table discussion!

North 1st Graders were enthusiastic participants during their first Service Learning program of the year! They had a parent-led, hands-on experience learning about recycling and composting while sorting through their own school lunches. They learned ways to pack a more eco-friendly lunch with many no/low waste ideas. While visiting Hidden Villa the next day, students saw first hand how compost is used on the farm. Need ideas on how you can pack more eco-friendly lunches? Ask a North 1st grader, or click here.

Congratulations North School! On Oct. 8th, North was recognized at DogFest Silicon Valley, for outstanding fundraising efforts during last year’s Change 4 Change program. Ms. Alice Bobel, Rhett (North’s service dog), and student Evelyn L (pictured) were there to represent!

December Recap
What a month!  We are so thankful for our hardworking committee, collaborative North Staff and our enthusiastic 5th Grade Service Learning Ambassadors.  Here’s what happened this month:
  • - Our 5th Grade SL Ambassadors helped facilitate an Ability Awareness Puppet Show for North Kindergartners and 1st graders. (See photo)

  • - Under the guidance of Mr. Chamblin, North 3rd graders collaborated with the Bridge School and Learning Center to design & build Arcade Games in the iLab. This month the students got to play the games together.

  • - We had over 80 parents, students and North staff volunteer at the SF Food Bank. Together we packed 18,000 lbs. of oranges and 400 lbs. of rice that will go to families in need in the Bay Area. Thanks to everyone that participated!
  • Launch of the Used Crayon & Marker Drive. This program will continue throughout the school year. Boxes can be found in every classroom.

On behalf of the North Service Learning Team, we wish you a joyful holiday and look forward to making a difference together in the New Year.  ~Kristi, Lindsey and Nellie, North Service Learning.