News Post

May 2, 2014
Lower and Upper School Community Service Coordinator, Sarah Kinder is this week's guest writer.

Dear Parents,

We plant seeds in Lower School – literally and figuratively. Beginning in PreK and continuing throughout their years at Agnes Irwin, we create opportunities for our girls to give back to their community through Service Learning: activities that are embedded in the curriculum; and Community Service: traditional days of service. No matter how one defines the work however, the girls grow tremendously from their participation in it. They learn about real life problems and use problem solving skills, creativity and collaboration to make a positive impact.

Every spring the Lower School celebrates Dolly Gaul Day.  This day is in honor of Mrs. Marion “Dolly” Gaul, who taught for 35 years in our Lower School and was a leader in Community Service both here at school and in her personal life. This year, each grade will work on a specific community need and we will come together in an assembly to celebrate on May 16th. The needs we’ve identified this year fall under the themes of health and the environment.

  • On May 2, PreK students will make Jared Boxes for children who are hospitalized at CHOP. These boxes are full of games, crafts, puzzles, and toys to lift kids spirits while they heal. 
  • Kindergarten girls started nasturtium seeds on Earth Day, April 22nd and the outside planting date will be in early May. Their seedlings will go in the AIS Sensory Garden and we’ll make a salad with them in the fall.
  • On May 8th1st graders are making reusable grocery bags. Each student will make one to keep and one to donate to the Ardmore Food Pantry. The girls are reinforcing the message of Reduce/Reuse/Recycle while also helping food pantry customers get their food home safely.
  • 2nd graders will work at the Skunk Hollow Community Garden at the Willows Park in Radnor. They will mulch, plant, and learn about compost. They will also have a scavenger hunt and learn to identify several herbs and vegetables. The trip is on May 14. 
  • 3rd graders will work with the Upper School Environmental Board to plan the implementation of composting in the Lower School (as a school, we are newly partnered with Philly Compost). 3rd graders will make information display cases and draft a plan that they will present to LS teachers. Next year they will lead this effort.
  • 4th grade will make dessert for the Ardmore Food Pantry’s kick-off event to provide dinner for area families and individuals in need. They will also lead a Food Drive – specifically for kids who are home for summer and need healthy breakfast and lunch foods. They invite the entire Lower School community to participate in the Food Drive:May 5 – May 19

On Friday, May 16 parents are invited to attend our Dolly Gaul Day sharing assembly at 2 p.m. in the Buck Pavilion. Girls will have a chance to share and we will have a slide show of all the work they have done.

Have a nice weekend,