Skinner Scholars Give Back to the Community

School’s out for summer! But Skinner Cares Day was a big hit with students and the community alike in May before the year ended.

Students planned community service projects all year long in their “learning families,” the small groups that meet several times a week to provide academic and social support for Skinner Scholars.
Projects were as diverse as the students themselves – stocking and preparing boxes at Bievenidos Food Bank on W. 32nd Ave to pitching in to clean up Confluence Park along the Platte River. One group hosted an ice cream party to raise $131.93 to support the Max Fund, a no-kill shelter for abandoned pets.
“We created a big check and presented it to Chelsea, who almost cried with joy because the money would buy 17 bags of dog and cat food and some toys,” explained one student. “We were invited back to come volunteer and we are so excited to come back and help!”
Building community through public service is a key component of Skinner’s vision. Many students made commitments to continue their community volunteering beyond this one day, showing that Skinner Scholars are on their way to becoming tomorrow’s leaders.
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