In 2020, Sage Ridge had its first ever All School Community Service Day! On Wednesday, February 5th, the whole school participated in service activities that benefited the Reno community somehow. Everyone helped in different ways. A group of parents and staculty members organized the service opportunities, transportation, and supervision for the activities.
Students in grades 3-7 stayed on campus to help improve the world from the classroom. They worked on making toys for SPCA shelter animals, on projects supporting the Northern Nevada Food Bank, a project folding paper cranes for “1000 Cranes for Hope,” assembling packs of school supplies for local kids, and creating thank you cards for armed services personnel.
Grade 8 students continued working with their first-grade buddies at the Bernice Mathews school, this time working on research skills. Some students stayed on campus to work on our Go Baby Go project, CANstruction, or other on-campus activities.
Upper School students had a choice in how they wanted to help the community. Their options included:
- Helping with technology at Reno Senior Living at Sky Peaks
- Clearing invasive species out of wetlands near Hidden Valley with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation
- Prepping meal packs and organizing thrift store inventory with Catholic Charities
- Working with the Urban Roots Garden project and transferring a garden bed
- Working on our Go Baby Go project for Renown Hospital
- Creating the design and collection marketing for our CANstruction project
- Painting and working on interior improvements at the new Village at Sage Street project, which is funded by the Community Foundation
The students enjoyed themselves as they helped those in need. It also helped the Upper School students earn their required service hours. The service day was a huge success!
“Personally, I had a lot of fun on the service day! I was in CANstruction group, so I stayed on campus. There were a lot of other students in CANstruction, so we separated into groups to get our tasks done. On the building day, we will be building a wall with a scorpion on it for the competition, so on the service day we had to prepare for the building. After building the wall, all of the cans are going to a homeless shelter, which is great cause. Our goals were to create a model of the scorpion online, order the cans we need, create a model at school and make posters to ask for cans. My friends (Payton and Eric) and I made posters. We made several posters asking for cans and posters spreading awareness of the problem of hunger. After making them, we hung them up around the school. It was really cool having the opportunity to help out with this project. I really hope that Sage Ridge has more service days because I had a lot of fun!” -- Kira Romberg ('22)
“It was super exciting to see how grateful the Truckee Meadows crew was for our help. They were clearly so passionate about the work they do and about the environment; it was really special to be a small part of it.” -- Lilli De Jonghe (‘22)
“Volunteering at the senior home gave me the opportunity to interact with senior citizens and hear their stories. I was able to bond with a kind elderly woman over our shared interests in music, talk to her about issues facing teens today, learn about her family, and get some amazing advice about life. Kids who volunteered at the senior home participated in the morning exercises with the seniors and, wow, I haven’t worked out so much in MONTHS! I’m not gonna lie, I was out of breath due to the workouts. As a reward for working out, we were given “Sky Bucks.” Overall I had a lot of fun volunteering at the senior home and at the end of it, I am thinking about going back to volunteer there on my own time. And, not to mention, I, Nhi Phan, am now 1000 Sky Bucks richer.” -- Nhi Phan (‘21)
Written by Kira Romberg ('22)
- Community Service