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Community Service Report: February 23

Friday, February 23, 2018
Helping out at Hip Hop for Heart

Face painting

Setting up books

In late January, a group of Middle School families and members of Burgundy’s Parents of African American Students group (PAAS) worked at Hip Hop for Heart—an annual dance party for children in Alexandria’s foster care system, organized by alumni parent Catherine Joyce and the Fund for Alexandria’s Child.

Our volunteers helped transform the Durant Center on Cameron Street in Alexandria into a beautiful dance venue, complete with a DJ, a "photo booth" with artistic backgrounds, games and crafts for younger children, a book share, and loads of food. In addition to helping set up the event, Burgundy students helped run the games, were face painters, and helped children find books to take home. This was the first time PAAS families joined other volunteers, and with a positive experience the group is hoping to help out again in future!

On Saturday, February 17, a group of Middle School families braved the cold and snow to help Koinonia “Stuff the Bus” (literally!) at the Giant at Kingstowne. We gave out flyers to shoppers, asked for donations of food, collected the food they brought out—and learned how to accept "No," or "I can't today" with a smile and a "Thank you." The food filled the waiting bus, and at the end of the afternoon, the bus headed back to Koinonia where our volunteers helped unload it in a short but intense snow storm. Volunteers at Koinonia will distribute the food to clients in the Franconia area near Burgundy.

Stuff the Bus