Fair kicks off Community Service Week

Jesse Nadel

A Community Service Fair, book drive and various activities meant to better the community are highlights of Community Service week, which was organized by Community Council to make community service more accessible for students.

“We feel like a lot of kids just want to get their hours over with, so by doing the fair we are hoping to shed a different light on what community service is and show that it can actually be fun,” Community Council member Cosima Elwes ’15 said.

Students began Community Service week by learning about student-run clubs and outside of school non-profit organizations that work in the realm of helping others at the Community Service fair. These organizations included Shane’s Inspiration, The Book Truck and Camp Harmony and gave the students information on how students can get involved.

On Tuesday, students will help assemble hygiene care packages to be donated to homeless shelters. This will precede a service-themed First and Third Wednesday the next today.

The Community Council will also provide dip ’n dots on Thursday for everyone who has already fulfilled their service hours, and students will be able to make sandwiches to feed the homeless on Friday, Elwes said.

Throughout the week, students were also asked to donate new or gently used young adult novels as part of the book drive to support The Book Truck.

Additionally, students will be able to purchase specially marked water bottles in the cafeteria to support the Clean Water Ambassadors. For each water bottle sold, the organization will be able to provide clean water to one person for five years, Clean Water Ambassadors founder Cole Kawana ’16 said.

A contest began Monday whereby recycling one of the water bottles in special bins, chosen students have the opportunity to sign a water filter which will then be donated to those in need.

The week will culminate on Saturday when members of the school community will sort and pack boxes, which will then be delivered to children in low-income households, at the Harvard-Westlake Parents’ Association spring community service event at Baby2Baby.