'Tis the Season
UCS Community Education Gives Back
Posted on 12/05/2018
DeKeyser Relay for Life Collection

‘Tis the season of giving.    This year, the Utica Community Schools Community Education Center is partnering with the Great Start Readiness Program to adopt a family and provide support in the way of warm clothes, food and toys to one or more families in our community.  In addition, many of our individual Early Childhood and School Age Child Care programs are participating in community service projects.  Here are just a few examples of some of the great things happening in our programs:  

· Students from Plumbrook And Beck Centennial Elementary School SACC programs created dozens of heartfelt, uplifting cards containing words of encouragement and gratitude for Seniors and Veterans.  Plumbrook’s cards were delivered to Sarah Care, an adult day care center that provides nursing home level of care for people who cannot be left alone during the day.  Beck’s cards were delivered to the Village of East Harbour Seniors.

· For the month of December, Dekeyser SACC is collecting change for the American Cancer Society.  Donations benefit the Relay for Life of greater Romeo and are used to fund life-saving cancer research, support services, prevention, education information, and treatment programs. Donations will be accepted through the month of December.

· Preschool students from the Duncan Early Childhood Center collected personal care items for Samaritan House.  Personal care supply items such as toilet paper, toothpaste, feminine products and  laundry detergent are some of the most needed items in shelters and pantries.   A truck load of supplies, all donated by the generous Duncan families, was delivered to Samaritan House last week.

· Early Childhood classrooms from the UCS Community Education Center have organized a pet supply collection for the Michigan Humane Society.  Donations will be accepted at the Community Education Center through December 18th.

Community service projects help UCS students learn compassion through action.   We hope these experiences will create life long lessons for students that teach them to be charitable, caring and helpful members of society.  Teachers and staff members guide students through the process of selecting an organization or charity, defining the project details, organizing donations and crafting special cards, letters, or projects.   Our students have exhibited leadership, empathy and compassion for others. 

If you are interested in supporting one or more of these projects, please contact your child’s preschool, SACC program or the Community Education office at 586-797-6980.