This fall, students organized and led a number of fundraisers and community service efforts outside of the large array of opportunities for service that the School itself makes available to students.
Walk for Water
On October 14, Lila Feldman '20 organized an on-campus Walk for Water, a 5K walk in which participants carry containers of water to simulate the walk that millions of people must do each day in order to access clean water. "The Walk for Water is designed to make people appreciate their easy access to clean water by realizing what others have to do to get it," Lila explained. "At St. Andrew's, we take our access to clean water for granted." The walk was also a fundraiser for Water Wells for Africa, and proceeds will help to fund and construct a well in Pemba, Mozambique, where Lila lives.
"Lila has worked tirelessly to bring awareness to the issue of drought in Africa," commented Chaplain Jay Hutchinson. "Her ultimate goal for the walk was to raise money to build a well so that people can come to a neighborhood watering hole in Pemba to collect their daily water, instead of having to walk over six miles on average to secure water for their families."
More than 100 students, faculty, and faculty families participated in the Walk for Water, which raised $1600 for the well, or about one-fifth of the total funds needed to build the well.
"The Walk for Water allows communities to empathize with a community that they would normally solely sympathize with," Lila said. "By simulating the experience that millions go through every day, we learn to appreciate everything that we have here at SAS. The walk helps us better understand how truly privileged we are to have access to clean water, clean clothes, and a great education."
Football Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research
Saints varsity football played an undefeated Wilmington Friends School in late October; the Saints lost, but played in pink jerseys as the culmination of a monthlong fundraiser the team has been conducting for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. The team sold pink t-shirts to the student body throughout October, and staff painted pink ribbons on the field in advance of Saturday's game, which the team dubbed the "Battle of the Pink." For their efforts, they were able to present a check for $1,848.30 to DBCC. "The enthusiasm and support from the whole school for this cause has been overwhelming and wonderful to see," said the team's captains.
St. Andrew's Student Vestry organized their annual Turkey Trot footrace and fundraiser in mid-November. Through race entry fees, t-shirt sales, and a bake sale, this year's Trot raised more than $800 for Willey Farms, a local market and farmstand that has served the Middletown community for more than four decades, which suffered a total loss in a fire earlier this month. The funds were donated to the Willey Farms Employee Fund, which will help support the farmstand's employees and their families during the holiday season and into 2019.
A.I. duPont Hospital Fundraiser
Tim Odutola '20 (seen here fourth from right) and his fellow St. Andrew's Medical Society members (also seen here) held an extremely successful Krispy Kreme donut fundraiser in December and raised more than $3,000 for kids who will be spending the holiday in A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington.
The School's Dance Program has been bringing local differently abled dancers to campus this fall for Adaptive Dance (inspired by our longstanding Adaptive Aquatics program). Ballerinas in the Adaptive Dance program took dance workshops with St. Andrew's students each week, and ultimately performed in the Dance Program's production of The Nutcracker in early December (seen here). "We are fortunate to have such fertile ground at St. Andrew's," said Director of Dance Avi Gold in a post on the @standrewsdance Instagram account on October 29. "One day we are sharing our passion for dance, and life, by performing on stage, and the next day we are sharing that passion with our students and friends in Adaptive Dance. There is joy and opportunity for goodness all around, if we are open to seeking it."
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