Service Learning

North School Service Learning 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 Theme for this year is ANIMAL WELFARE

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’s theme was the environment and our kids raised over $3,100 for the Pacific Beach Coalition to help reduce plastic waste in our oceans. They also created prototypes of tools to more easily clean trash from beaches and participated in our District wide movie night in the MPR to see “CBlue Planet” about our oceans.

If you have any suggestions for an animal welfare organization to support this year, please email  


North Service Learning:

Project Night Night Event after school October 1, 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!

CALL Primrose Thanksgiving 2019 - 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! Each year, we ask 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 sign up here:

San Francisco Food Bank December (Date TBD)

Come and enjoy this family and North Staff 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 3,150 pounds of rice for over 3,500 food insecure people. North families love the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and participate!

North Service Learning’s Annual School Calendar of Activities


Updated 9/3/19



Committee Leads

Committee Volunteers



Project Night Night / Samaritan House

Roberta Jurash, Cinthia Simon, Julie Ann Dougery

Julia Ann had call with Samaritan House; 9/4, 2PM follow-up meeting with Samaritan House

10/14 or 10/15 2PM

1st grade Hidden Villa Waste Program


Field Trip on 10/16; Need 1st grade parents to coordinate with teachers and run program

10/22? (TBC)

K/1 Abilities Awareness Puppet Show

Grace Leung

Need to schedule meeting with new Service Learning Ambassadors and coordinate with Community Gatepath, Sue M. and K/1 teachers; SLAs will puppeteer 


Call Primrose Thanksgiving Baskets


Solicit anonymous stories from CALL Primrose?


ALL GRADES: ASD puppet show

Grace Leung

Elizabeth Miller has 12/6 on hold for us: K-2: 10-10:30AM; GRADES 3-5: 10:40-11:10; SLAs will not puppeteer due to sensitive nature of content;  need to cast role with potential parent, staff or Community Gatepath volunteer

12/14 (3-5PM)

SF Food Bank


50 spots, invite staff

Jan / Feb?

TBD (need to confirm with new iLab teacher)

Bridge School Arcade Design

Need to find out date and film for HTV

2/21 (Fri) - 3/6 (Fri)

Change for Change (Animal Welfare theme)


Kick-off assembly on 2/21

Coin drive (in-classroom skits and collection coordinated by SLAs)

2/25 Movie Night / marketplace

TBD - After school or lunchtime hands on activity / program?


Harvest Garden / North Garden

Do we want to do this event this year?


1st Grade Semester at Sea (Pacific Gyre)

Teachers + Parent Volunteers

Ask teachers if interested in doing this again



Earth Day (Week) Celebration

Sue + SLAs

Program TBD (e.g., at school and/or Curiodyssey Beach Cleanup); weeklong celebration where SLAs coordinate event / challenge to help Earth


SL Inventions / recycled art  Section at STEAM Fair 

Connect with STEAM Fair committee


Recycled Art section of Art in Action Show 

Connect with AiA committee


District Wide Service Learning Program

Louann C.

Meeting with Louann and SL Chairs at South and West in fall to discuss.


SL Ambassadors (part of Leadership)

Sue Morgan


SL Share Sites (Konstella, google drive)

Migrate Shutterfly documents to google / Konstella and provide access to teachers to use past program materials


Kindness Challenge


(Kim Oliff?)

Message via Instagram/SL Kiosk




(Kim Oliff?)


Photographer / Yearbook Liaison / HTV

(Joyce Yung, Lindsey Bruel, Joyce Yung, Becky Anwar?)

Fall 2020

Soccer Gear Drive

Program to take place every other year

= Need committee lead volunteer

Parent 2019-2020 Committee Meetings (scheduled through Dec):

  • Sept. 17th (Tuesday)

  • Oct. 18th (Friday)

  • Nov. 13th (Wednesday)

  • Dec. 13th (Friday)


2018/2019 School Year North Service Learning Accomplishments

1) Donated 100 Thanksgiving meals to families in need.


2) Packed 3,150 lbs of rice to help 3,500 hungry people.


3) Collected and donated 468 pieces of soccer equipment and clothing for kids in rural Costa Rica.


4) Made cards and assembled over 100 Project Night Night bags for kids who don't have homes.


5) Made a beautiful sculpture out of collected landfill materials that was shown at the Open House Art Show and will be kept in the North Garden.


6) Packed eco-friendly lunches for the Hidden Villa field trip.


7) Won the 1st place award for the ReThink Recology Contest and was honored by the Town Council for the City of Hillsborough.


8) Created over 200 hygiene kits for home insecure neighbors through the Lava Mae organization.


9) Participated in skits, made posters, did chores, baked or made things to sell, created prototypes for beach clean up tools, collected trash on beaches, collected trash at school, participated in kindness challenges.

10) Raised $3,103.40 for Pacific Beach Coalition, our 2019 Change for Change recipient.


….and many more service learning programs lead by each grade

2017/2018 School Year North Service Learning Accomplishments

-  San Francisco Food Bank(November and March)  November: Packed 2,360 pounds of rice; March: sorted 13,552 pounds of apples and packed 610 pounds of rice

- CALL Primrose Thanksgiving Box Donations for Food Insecure People in our community Donated 66 of boxes of food for a Thanksgiving meal that went to 66 families in need in our community. Families were given questions and discussion suggestions to allow their families to talk about what it means to be “food insecure”.

-  Project Night Night (February): Donated and assembled over 150 nighttime bundles that included a cozy blanket, a book and a stuffed animal then wrote beautiful cards to children in shelters who would receive these bundles. 

-  Change for Change: Magical Bridge Foundation (March)- Created designs on how to make North Playground more inclusive during an after school program; Family play date at Magical Bridge Playground Park in Palo Alto;  Family movie night in the MPR to see “Wonder”; Change for Change Total: $4,377 (did chores, bakes sales, lemonade stands, etc. to raise funds for Magical Bridge Foundation)

 North Service Learning also partnered with North School staff on the following grade level programs…

o  Hidden Villa Field trip and Lunch Waste Sorting Exercise (1st graders)

o  Arcade Game Design with Bridgeschool students (3rd  graders)

o  Ability Awareness Puppet show (Kindergarten and 1st graders)

o  Launched a year long Kindness Challenge: when students did something kind for others, they were celebrated when they sent a picture and note in to share the kindness s/he did! 


2016-17 Year at a Glance:

Service Learning: What Were North Students Up To?

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.