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Students Hit the Streets in Community Service

November 7, 2017 by Elaine Rottman

Wednesday, November 8, is Philia Project Day.

Every year, the entire Providence School dedicates a day to community service. This event is called the Philia Project. Philia is one of four Greek words for “love” and this project allows students, Grades K –12, to demonstrate both their love for their school and for their community. According to spiritual life director Susan Isaac, who spearheads the project, “all community service is meant to be relational and to put students in touch with those whom they are serving.”

Plans for this year’s Philia Project Day include:

8 am: All-school assembly/chapel held at Emanuel Lutheran Church (3720 Modoc Road), adjacent to Providence lower school campus (3723 Modoc Road).

9:30 am –Noon: Community service projects. A few highlights:

  • Showers of Blessing – 630 E. Canon Perdido Street (upper school campus) – Cleaning shower trailer used by homeless – 11th grade
  • Food Bank SB County – 4554 Hollister Avenue – Sorting donations – 7th grade
  • Food Forward – 881 San Ysidro Lane – Harvesting oranges – 8th and 9th grades
  • Painting and planting flower pots for delivery to school neighbors – lower school campus – Kindergarten
  • Collecting and sorting plastic bottles to raise funds for water filters in Haiti – lower school campus – 3rd grade
  • Sorting clothing collected for donation to Showers of Blessing homeless services program – lower school campus – 4th grade
  • Visiting with residents of Vista Del Monte – 3775 Modoc Road – 5th grade

1:30 pm –3:00 pm: Breakout sessions with speakers; 7th-12th grades

Students will attend breakout sessions with speakers from local service agencies, missions groups, and social entrepreneurs, including:

These sessions take place at the Providence upper school campus, 630 E. Canon Perdido Street.