As a faculty and staff it is very important that we root ourselves in the school's mission and that the work that we do, not just in isolation and within the four walls of our community, but stretches and penetrates the work of the city. When we set out to plan our faculty and staff in-service days, we strive to balance those days with work, teambuilding and service. With that said, having had several heavy back-to-school meetings, it was important for us to offset that with some fun and service.
Our first formal inservice after the school year began was dedicated to serving the community and giving back, we arranged to work at Cradles to Crayons. Cradles to Crayons is an organization that prepares food and other basic essentials to meet the basic needs for the young people ages 2-12 in our communities who are suffering food insecurity or homelessness.
During our time at Cradles to Crayons it was our job to sort books; we first needed to decide if a book was quality, based on certain criteria, then we sorted them by age group and packaged them to be sent out to schools and shelters. Upon completion of our activity, it not only served our community, it built culture and brought us together, performing a common task and was fun! We got to work together out of the building and learn a little bit more about each other, strengthening our community!