Perkiomen Valley School District Annual Report 2017-18 Annual Report 2017-18 1 | Page 12

COMMUNITY SERVICE p. 12 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & YouTube District Offers Many Ways to Give Back In addition to preparing students academically and for college or careers, Perkiomen Valley School Dis- trict has always placed an emphasis on the value of service. Students are afforded many opportunities to take part in civic-minded activities. Elementary school students are encouraged to display caring behaviors through school-wide positive behavioral intervention and supports (see next page) and through the organiza- tion of various drives and events that support charita- ble causes. Some examples include the annual Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive at Skippack Elementary Students participate in the annual Day of Service on Martin School, the South Kids Care Drive that benefits local Luther King Day in 2018. families in need, and the PV Cares holiday drive that benefits the Daily Bread Food Pantry. Along with opportunities in their schools, elementary school students are also invited to participate in the annual Day of Service held on Martin Luther King Day. Over 300 elementary school students volunteer for this event each year, completing service projects to benefit a number of organizations. Students at the secondary level have the opportunity to serve through clubs like Take Action, National Hon- or Society, the Green Team, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Key Club, the Builder’s Club, and Operation HELP. These organizations share a focus on helping those in need, and these clubs often organize their own initia- tives, such as blood drives, food drives and toy drives (during the holidays) to assist the local community. Many high school students opt to serve others through the completion of their graduation projects. The Class of 2018 completed approximately 18,000 hours of both career exploration and community ser- vice through their projects. PVHS has offered multiple clubs and activities that help individuals grow into their character and be- come involved in the community. - Senior Student, Class of 2018 Key Club students assist with the annual blood drive held at Perkiomen Valley High School. In the photo below, Perkio- men Valley Middle School East students participate in the Hunger Games, an event that benefits the Daily Bread Food Pantry.