As tempting as it was to walk across the street to Woodlawn Lake with the bright sun and cool breeze in the air, students from The International School of the Americas (ISA) hunkered down to get some work done at the Sarah Roberts French Home on April 7. The visit is part of Global Youth Day, or as the school refers to it—Globie Day. Coordinated by Josh Duelm, AP History teacher, and planned by many of the students, North East ISD school buses delivered hundreds of ISA volunteers to twelve sites throughout the city, including the retirement home founded back in the 50’s.
“Today is our Global Youth Service Day and it’s a chance for kids to really get the chance to step outside the classroom; and we get the opportunity to not only see our role as students, but our role as San Antonio, and our role as community members as well,” said Paige Johnson, senior at ISA. “Today is a real unique opportunity. It’s a great chance to bond with our classmates, but we also get to step out into our community and get to meet with the elderly people here at the Sarah Roberts French Nursing Home, and we also get to landscape outside too!”
Like at many of the different volunteer sites, Paige and her classmates worked diligently to plant flowers, pull weeds, and wash windows and paint at the nursing home. Most importantly, a handful of students bonded with many of the retirement home residents during a fun game of bingo.
“I think it’s amazing because the kids are giving to the community. They are just awesome,” said Terri Richardson, Social Activity Director at the home. “We have a lot of residents that are the last of their families and they don’t have a lot of visitors. They love the kids. It makes them reminisce about their children and their grandchildren.”
ISA truly believes that students learn the best when they take part in service learning. Wonderful experiences like Globie Day will stay with these students for years to come. Many of these students plan to continue their volunteer efforts well after high school.
Globie Day 2017 took place at the following locations: Sarah Roberts French Nursing Home, Northwood Elementary School, Green Space Alliance, Doseum, Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, SA Food Bank, Texas Diaper Bank, Golden Estates Rehab Center, Haven for Hope, Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio, in addition, community work took place at ISA and Lee High School.
Posted on 04/07/2017