Service Learning in the Time of COVID: Fruit Picking + Highway Clean Up

Sun Valley Community School students have been BUSY making a difference in our community while still maintaining safety protocols. Throughout September and October, Service Learning and Community Connections Coordinator Calysta Phillips coordinated a variety of fruit harvesting sessions to benefit The Hunger Coalition. Most recently, more than 20 students, faculty, and parents joined together for the 2nd Annual All School Highway Clean Up, picking up trash along the school's sponsored section of Highway 75.

Over 50 students and parents from all 3 divisions gathered on several private properties in Hailey and Bellevue this fall to glean fruit that would normally fall to the ground. Our youngest fruit gleaners were kindergartners! Last year the Hunger Coalition gleaned over 90,000 pounds of fruit in our valley to give to families in need. In early October a group of 11 middle schoolers helped the Blaine County Recreational District after school to winterize the Atkinson Park tennis courts by taking down the wind screens. In addition to the Highway Cleanup this year, there was a Campground Cleanup for Elementary School families. Families picked up trash at four different local campgrounds, leaving our valley cleaner than they found it. Some of the most interesting pieces of trash found were an Iphone 11, a dollar bill, a senior parks pass, a rusty horseshoe, and two flip flops (not the same two). Parents have also been busy volunteering as crossing guards at the Sun Valley and Dollar Road light on Fridays to keep bikers safe on Bike to School Fridays. Throughout October, students and faculty also donated new adult and child-size socks to benefit The Senior Connection, The Advocates, and The Hunger Coalition.

Thanks, all, for making a difference in our community!

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