Along with helping children and families at Ronald McDonald House, the kids have been able to tap into their cooking talents and provide lunches that have ranged from Greek, Chinese, French to homemade soups. The club members have collectively earned over 200 community service hours for their tasty efforts!
by Stacy Alexander Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
Reagan Quilty ‘19 was accepted to the Naval Academy Preparatory School in advance of her appointment to the United States Naval Academy. U.S. Naval Academy representative and Shorecrest alumni parent Steve Coppins recognized Reagan during a recent Upper School assembly. The Naval Academy is a family affair - with Reagan’s parents, Christopher and Karen, and brother Zachary all having attended the prestigious service academy.
Fourth grade Chargers participated in a service project through their art when they painted the fence in the Lealman Garden. This garden is one of three WunderFarms run by Ray Wunderlich, a Shorecrest alumnus. The students learned about the work he does to support the food-insecure residents in Pinellas County. WunderFarms donated TWO TONS of organic veggies last season to St. Petersburg Free Clinic, Daystar Life Center, Wesley Presbyterian Church, Refugees of Tampa Bay, and Ronald McDonald House.
On Saturday, April 6, the Shorecrest Upper School Outdoor Club ventured out to Coffee Pot Blvd to clean up Wanda, the watergoat debris boom. Wanda is responsible for capturing the debris from the fresh water and keeping it from entering the Bay. The Outdoor Club members - along with several Middle School students - worked alongside Keep Pinellas Beautiful and the Coffee Pot Watershed Alliance.
by Stacy Alexander and Raffi Darrow, Communications
Now in its 14th year at Shorecrest, Relay For Life continues to make a lasting impact in the fight against cancer. This student-led initiative raises money for the American Cancer Society through a variety of activities including spirit night events at local restaurants, the Links Project in Lower School, team fundraisers and sponsorships.
The Plains States have been pummeled by consecutive "snowmageddons" and this has particularly affected our Lakota-Ogala friends on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, where one of our Upper School Service Week trips volunteers. As you start or continue your annual spring cleaning, please consider having your child bring any gently used clothing (particularly cold weather items) to ST4. This clothing drive will run until the school year is over.
by Diego Duran-Medina, Director of Service Learning
Before spring break, students fulfilled an important rite of passage and requirement in Shorecrest’s Upper School - Service Week. Now in its tenth year, Service Week began as a student-led initiative and continues its proud tradition of including student voice and choice. Over 300 students in the Upper School committed to serving at either the local or national level, providing over 4,000 hours of community service by the time the week was completed.
2019 marks the 14th year of Shorecrest hosting a Relay For Life on campus, a student-run event. Shorecrest has raised an outstanding total of nearly $1.2million since 2006 benefiting American Cancer Society! This year's returning Event Co-Chairs are Olivia Olson '19 and Jordan Tralins '19. They have done an incredible job balancing Relay planning along with all of their other responsibilities, and have created an amazing night for all Chargers to look forward to on March 29!!
by Diego Duran-Medina, Director of Service Learning
Landy Hall will be missing a lot of teenagers next week... All Upper School students and faculty are about to embark on week-long service projects around the globe. Starting on Monday, March 4, 16 different Service Week groups will be serving, led by the talented Upper School faculty and staff. Life-changing trips to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, will also provide service. Shorecrest Upper School will provide over 4,000 hours of service over 4 days.
Thank you to everyone in the Shorecrest community who supported the Upper School Interact Club's car wash in the fall. The funds were used to purchase supplies for making blankets for Project Linus, an organization that donates blankets to children in local hospitals. Members of the Interact Club got together last Saturday and made eight blankets to donate.
Red Ribbon Week exists to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America. The Upper School has been participating in Red Ribbon Week for several years. It is a very important week to spread awareness of drug and alcohol use and abuse. It is an incredibly crucial issue among teens, and it is only growing as new methods are making drug use easier and more dangerous than ever. It is also very important for us to remain understanding of students who may be struggling with drug and alcohol use because there are many factors and pressures that may contribute to this.
Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs ages 14 and older. On February 8, 2019, the fifth annual Night to Shine was hosted by 655 churches from around the world for approximately 100,000 honored guests through the support of 200,000 volunteers! Night to Shine is sponsored by The Tim Tebow Foundation. A few members of Shorecrest's Upper School SPARC Club volunteered at the event and two share their thoughts here.
by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
The Pre-Relay for Life Fundraising Lunch was a great success. Team Gold Together Admin and Friends thanks all ES/LS students and parents for supporting the team and the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Grillmaster/Headmaster Mike Murphy with the help of administrative staff grilled and prepared over 450 hot dog lunches in the rainy weather! Many Middle School teams sold out of sandwiches, pizza, drinks and more!
by Ms. Janack’s Fifth Grade Social Studies Students
Fifth grade is partnering with the organization Youth Partners with Haiti to collect items needed in a school and orphanage in Haiti. We are collecting gently used or new recreation items such as games, puzzles, used sports equipment, and dolls. We are also collecting gently used or new educational items such as pencils, paper, flash cards, arts and crafts materials, crayons, and markers. Please check in closets, garages, and toy boxes for items to donate. In the words of the fifth grade students, "Be More! Be a Haiti Hero!" They are collecting through February 22.
by Lilianna Baralt '21, Lauren Merrifield '21 and Sofia Marston '21, Relay For Life Committee
Relay For Life is around the corner, and as a community we are trying to reach the goal of raising $100,000 to support cancer research. To raise money in Lower School, students can participate in the Links Project. For every dollar your child brings in, they will receive one colored paper link. The links are then connected to form a paper chain in each classroom.
Interact is hosting a toiletry drive starting Monday to collect travel-sized toiletries for the Ronald McDonald House. When new families arrive at RMH, they will be provided with these supplies. Please bring in any travel-sized toiletry items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, soaps, lotion, etc.) by February 22. Collection boxes will be in Landy Hall, Upper School.