Community Council holds service week, fair, book drive

Jesse Nadel

Community Council put on a community service fair, book drive and other activities this week to make community service activities more accessible to 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 nonprofits at a fair on the quad.

These organizations included Shane’s Inspiration, the Book Truck and Camp Harmony. Each gave students information on getting involved.

Following the fair, representatives from the Special Olympics spoke to a sophomore class meeting about the organization and ways to get involved.

On Tuesday, students helped assemble hygiene care packages to be donated to homeless shelters. This preceded a service-themed First and Third Wednesday.

The Community Council will provide Dippin Dots Thursday for students who have already fulfilled their service hours. Students will also be able to make sandwiches to feed the homeless on Friday, Elwes said.

Throughout the week, students were 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 provide clean water to one person for five years, Clean Water Ambassadors Founder Cole Kawana ’16 said.

A contest began Monday in which, by recycling the water bottles in special bins, students have the opportunity to sign a water filter to be donated.

The week will culminate on Saturday, when members of the school community will sort and pack boxes of donations.

These boxes will be delivered to children in low-income households at the Harvard-Westlake Parents’ Association spring community service event at Baby2Baby.