This spring, Lower School forged a new community partnership with Via of the Lehigh Valley by hosting a spring textbook and clothing drive. Textbooks will be sold online by Via Thrift Stores and clothing items will be sold locally, on the international clothing market, and given to people in third world countries. All proceeds benefit services for children and adults with disabilities living in the Lehigh Valley.
First grade students made and delivered Easter baskets to Camelot for Children, a non-profit organization in Allentown that provides a social gathering place to seriously, chronically, terminally ill, and disabled children.
Students collected socks, granola bars, and cough drops throughout January to be given to homeless women who seek shelter Saturday nights in the CE Auditorium under the care of Central Moravian Church volunteers.
For the first time, Middle School art teacher Mrs. Jill Beil and her students visited Moravian House for every one of their monthly service requirements from October to April. Each visit, they brought a different craft project to complete with the residents.
The Middle School has been collecting a wide assortment of canned goods this year in lieu of payment for dances and non-uniform days to demonstrate and teach about the importance of philanthropy and helping those in our community who are in need. The canned goods are sent to local food banks and then distributed.
The sixth grade class coordinated items that were donated by the entire Middle School for Holiday Hope Chests, a national program in which boxes are filled with age-appropriate stocking stuffer goodies. These boxes were given to homeless and disadvantaged middle school-age youth in the Lehigh Valley in December.
In March, Upper School students contributed to two very successful collection drives for New Bethany Ministries—a sock drive where they collected nearly 500 pairs, and a toiletry drive so the homeless have what they need when they take a shower at New Bethany.
On February 20th, students in the Moravian Academy Service Club went snow tubing with children from Applied Behavioral Analysis Support Services at Blue Mountain.
In late February, all members of the Upper School Women’s Issues Group gave their time to volunteer at the women’s shelter held on the Lower School Campus in the CE building.