LOGAN Hope Blog
For the entire month of February, the LOGAN Hope 7th and 8th grade students organized a fundraiser to raise money to be able to provide relief and hygiene kits for refugees through Mennonite Central Committee. These hygiene kits include toothpaste, wash clothes, sanitary napkins, and other hygienic necessities that we sometimes take for granted. The students raised money through bake sales and "Penny Wars," which encouraged students to give anything they could to support the cause. In addition to money raised, products were also donated from our staff and students for these hygiene kits. The students raised over $1,500.00. Using the money they raised, the classes purchased items and assembled hygiene kits.
On March 2nd, 7th and 8th grade went to the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) to learn about the services MCC provides as well as donate the kits that they created. MCC will ship these kits to the countries who are in need. Following this visit, they visited Ten Thousand Villages where the students got an opportunity to tour and see some of the goods handmade by people living in villages across the world. We are thankful to the staff at Ten Thousand Villages who took the time their of their day to teach our students about free trade.
Thank you to Mennonite Central Committee and Ten Thousand Villages for the tours and knowledge you shared with our students. A special Thank you to Ten Thousand Villages for donating a beautiful pin to our school that will be auctioned off at our silent auction in June!
On January 26th, our school celebrated the option for all families to choose the best schools for their students - regardless of income level. In honor of National School Choice Week, our students danced, worshiped together, and even shared some of their experiences about LOGAN Hope and their relationship with Christ.
The chapel service began with worship - led by 4th grade teacher, Jim Sovocool - and a prayer of gratitude where our students shared what they were thankful for and why in their public prayers to God.
Our 8th graders also introduced a project they’re planning to help provide refugees in other countries with some supplies that we often take for granted such as toothpaste, soap, and shampoo. These relief kits, an initiative headed by the Mennonite Central Committee, will go straight to people in third world countries in need of these items. They are planning to raise money for these kits through bake sales and a penny drive that they’re calling, “Penny Wars” - a competition where the winning class gets a delicious lunch!
Lindsay Ros, a second grade teacher at our school, spoke about her experiences and shared a word of encouragement to our students about how we have the choice to love others or to love ourselves more.
In addition to our chapel activities, we were visited by Cinda Marturano, a dear friend of LOGAN Hope and founder of Deep Waters Ministry, and State Representative Isabella Fitzgerald, who took the time out of her schedule to tour our school alongside Sharnella Waller, who is chief of staff. We are so thankful for the opportunity to give them a tour of our unique school and to speak with them about some of the exciting things happening behind our school doors.
Yesterday our students served alongside Temple's InterVarsity, Haverford Middle School, and Grace Covenant Church in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. These groups braved chilly weather and worked all day doing various tasks in and around the school community.
Thanks to their hard work, we now have a library that can be maintained and organized throughout the year, teacher resources and other useful items moved to the basement, full stomaches from the delicious meal served by our parents, alums, and K-2nd graders as well as a cleaner park due to the efforts of the 3rd and 4th graders.
We are grateful for all of the hard work and effort put forth from those who volunteered!
Held every January, National School Choice Week shines a positive spotlight on effective education options for every child. Every year LOGAN Hope participates in National School Choice Week, seeking to raise public awareness about all of the types of educational options for children and their families. These education options include public schools, online schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, and homeschooling.
To meet this goal, NSCW encourages schools and organizations to hold positive events that celebrate school choice options, while drawing attention to the need for more opportunities for students. This year, we are looking forward to celebrating these options again on Thursday, January 26th!
Our NSCW event will include statements from some of our students regarding their experiences here at LOGAN Hope School, a choreographed dance developed by the choreographers at National School Choice Week, and more information regarding why school choice is so important.
We are committed to school choice. We believe that parents should be able to choose the best school for their child, and that choice shouldn’t be limited based on their zip code, family income, property taxes, race, ethnicity, or religion.
To learn more about National School Choice Week, visit their official website at www.schoolchoiceweek.com