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Providence Classical School students raised thousands of dollars and lent a helping hand to nearly a dozen local and national charities over the course of their annual Spirit and Service Week.
Spirit and Service Week began on Feb. 22 with a school-wide collection for Heritage Humane Society. In addition to gathering 220 items for the animals, students put together a craft and bake sale that brought in $310 in monetary donations.
Grove Christian Outreach Center was Tuesday’s beneficiary. More than 150 canned goods, Bibles and large paper bags were donated and a group of students also helped out with yard work and organization in Grove Christian Outreach Center’s clothing and food pantries.
On Wednesday, PCS students gathered more than 170 items for the women and children served by Avalon: A Center for Women and Children.
Thursday’s collection for FISH’s food pantry brought in 262 cans of food and numerous coats for FISH’s clothes closest. Students also went to FISH in person to help organize and stock the food pantry.
Students and members of the community were encouraged to participate in several weeklong collection initiatives in addition to the day-specific collections. A school-wide penny drive for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation raised $2,096.88 and a student-run craft sales brought in $208 for ocular melanoma research.
Harbor Homeless Care Center received more than 400 personal care items and Keurig cups from another school-wide collection, and a group of students was deployed Friday to the center to assemble the personal care kits.
Another group of students spent Friday cleaning up the shoreline at the Jamestown 4-H Center and preparing the campsite for the upcoming season.
Finally, PCS families donated 52 bicycles to the James City County Bike Reconditioning Program, which provides reconditioned bikes to county residents in need.
“We celebrated our school in fun ways, and our community in tangible ways, through daily outreach to our community partners,” said Head of School Susan Oweis in a recent news release from the school. “We welcomed community support to many of our collections, which helped yield a record collection this year. Since our founding 15 years ago, PCS has grown into a full K-12 college-prep institution, and it is a joy to continually increase our support for our community partners.”