Lower Salford > Souderton Gives Back - Social Service at Lower Salford
Lower Salford has a large commitment to teaching their students about social service and social justice. Each classroom devotes half of their seasonal parties to social service projects. Each Halloween, Valentine's Day, Christmas and End of Year's party is half eat/play, half work on a social service project. Every class in the school does at least three social service projects a year.
Kids spend their party time knitting blankets to keep others warm, creating cards to cheer soldiers up in their difficult jobs, counting pennies for Heifer for Humanity, or sending treats to the sick or needy, among other things.
2008-2009 Social Service Projects
Community Food Drive
Mrs. Hange's fourth grade class labeled cans for a community food drive. The children spent part of their Fall Social working together to decorate cans for a food bank. These cans will go to Sheppard Shelf, a local food bank.
Each class at Lower Salford is responsible for conducting one social service project during the school year. The bulk of the work for the project is done during their social. They eat together and work together for the good of the community.
Lower Salford spends more time than most schools recycling products to help the environment.
- Paper Abitibi is in the parking lot and the school gets a percentage of money for their paper recycling per ton collected.
- Mrs. Cindy Edgar, third grade teacher, collects bottle caps with her class. She makes sure they get recycled and not put into trash. If they go into the regular trash and are not recycleed, these bottle caps can kill baby seals when dumped into the ocean with the rest of our trash.
- Soda can tabs are collected as a high student's senior project.
- Plastic water bottle/cans are collected by staff members at lunch time and recycled at home.
- Judy Alderfer, secretary, collects juice pouches from the children after they drink with the hardworking cafeteria staff. They are cut open, rinsed out and mailed in bulk to Terracycle in Trenton, NJ. Terracycle pays Lower Salford two cents for each pouch and uses them to produce recycled products.
- Cell phones and ink jet cartridges are collected from the school community and recycled.