Today was our 5th grade Moving On Ceremony. This is a very special day where every 5th grader is honored for their time at our school. Our teachers worked together to write tweets about each student to highlight some of their great qualities. Another portion of the ceremony is awards. Again, this is a very special time because so many students are honored for their many gifts: academics, citizenship, service, creativity, and more. Among the awards are some memorial awards which honor Barrow Buddies who were taken from our world way too soon. The Eve Carson Service Learning Award is one of those awards. The award is described in this way.
Several ideas are important at Barrow School—learning, service and fun. Service-Learning—the intentional connection of service and learning is something we are growing here. Service-Learning adds the very important part of self-reflection to a project. Through Service-Learning you come to understand yourself and your world in a different way.Well, when we put together service, learning and fun we quite naturally thought of Eve Carson. Eve was an outstanding Barrow Buddy who continued to lead an outstanding academic and personal life. As difficult as it is today to not have Eve here, we are so thankful for her example of living a meaningful life and for the inspiration she will continue to give Barrow Buddies through the years. Each year hereafter, an award in her name will be given in honor of a service learning project completed by a class or group at Barrow Pre-K-5th Grade.
This year, I nominated the 5th grade Little Free Library Project for this award. It exemplifies service learning because every Barrow 5th grader was involved in the project in multiple ways. Students learned so much about a commitment to serving their community and thinking beyond just ourselves. Today, we learned that our project was chosen as this year’s recipient of the Eve Carson Service Learning Memorial Award. I am honored that our project will be listed on the memorial plaque among so many other inspiring projects that have served our Barrow community and beyond. Sarah James, Barrow 5th grader, presented one of the Little Free Libraries as the gift to our school during the ceremony. Our 5th graders should be very proud of their accomplishment that will provide more access to free books for our community for years to come.