SALT - A Geneva Serveathon 2016

Faculty, staff, students, and parents will spend one day (September 30) serving at thirteen different non-profits.

Click on the EVENT OVERVIEWS for details about each project.

K4: Teddy Bears for the Fire Station
Geneva K4 students will stuff, fluff, and sew up handmade teddy bears to take to the nearby fire station. The firefighters take these bears on 911 calls when children get hurt in a fire, car accident, or any other accident. 

Kindergarten: Open Door Haiti Orphanage
“With your help, we are changing Haiti, one life at a time.” This is the mission of Open Door Haiti. Open Door Haiti exists to encourage sustainability by transforming communities in Haiti spiritually, educationally, economically, physically, and socially to further the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Geneva kindergarten students will send care packages to them. Each child will prepare at least two boxes. Prior to the event, one of the orphanage founders, Jennifer Holliday, will come and talk to our children so they will have a better understanding about what life is like in Haiti and why this project is so important. 

1st Grade: The Mayflower Retirement Community
The Mayflower Retirement Community offers 240 independent living apartments, 28 single-family independent villas, and 31 assisted living residences. Geneva first graders will bring cheer to the residents in this retirement community. The first part of their SALT day will be spent at school where they will make bookmarks for the residents. While at The Mayflower, the students will perform songs, recite Scripture memory verses, do a craft together, and deliver the bookmarks. 

2nd Grade: Blessings Bags
The goal for this project is to assemble 500 zip-lock bags that contain bottled water, food, and hygiene items for people in need. The plan is to distribute the bags out to the Geneva community so that when parents encounter homeless or needy people on the street, they may offer the bag instead of money. This project is a wonderful opportunity to model and practice helping others in their distress.

3rd Grade: Feeding Children Everywhere
Feeding Children Everywhere is a social charity that empowers and mobilizes people to assemble healthy meals for hungry children. Geneva third graders will attempt to pack 10,000 meals. The students will also take part in a Hunger Feast in which they will eat the meal they are packing and learn about hunger problems that exists locally and abroad.

4th Grade: Orlando Children's Church
Orlando Children's Church (OCC) is a ministry that reaches over 400 children living on the fringes of poverty through no fault of their own and powerless to meet their own needs. Every Saturday, OCC sends fourteen buses to pick up these children and bring them to a church to meet their physical needs with a meal and their spiritual needs with a church service. Geneva fourth graders will paint all of the picnic tables and help organize all the supplies and crafts.

5th Grade: Mead Botanical Gardens
Mead Botanical Gardens is a 47.6-acre park that offers a variety of facilities including an amphitheater, butterfly garden, boardwalk, and a bike trail. The park is large enough to encompass several different ecosystems and is an ideal place for nature lovers. The garden is listed on the “Great Florida Birding Trail.” Geneva fifth graders will remove invasive plants that endanger the overall health of the vegetation at Mead Gardens.

6th Grade: Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is a private, non-profit organization that collects, stores, and distributes donated food to more than 500 partner agencies in six Central Florida counties: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia. Geneva sixth and tenth graders will package and sort non-perishable food items to be sent out to Second Harvest’s partnership agencies to help feed the hungry in Central Florida. The tenth graders will be teamed up with sixth graders to promote mentoring relationships with younger students.

7th Grade: Community Food & Outreach
The Community Food & Outreach Center is a non-profit organization that provides a range of services to local families who are struggling through unemployment, hunger, housing difficulties, and more. Their Cost-Share Grocery Program is for families/people who are at or below 200% of the federal poverty level to shop and purchase low-cost groceries. This is part of their hand up, not a hand out philosophy. Geneva seventh graders will stock, organize, and sort food items throughout Community Food & Outreach Center's Cost Share Grocery Program.

8th Grade: Crossroads Corral
Crossroads Corral is a non-profit charitable organization based in Central Florida that provides Equine Assisted Learning programs to individuals, couples, families and groups. The mission of Crossroads Corral is to equip participants with the skills necessary to thrive and live a life that is emotionally and physically healthy through the use of horses. For example, Crossroads Corral regularly works with at-risk youth and veterans suffering from PTSD.

9th Grade: Meal on Wheel, Etc.
Meals on Wheels, Etc. is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for young and old by providing appetizing and nutritious meals as well as, support services for seniors which enable them to maintain their independence and dignity. These services may also include yard cleanup, exterior house painting, minor repairs, etc. for Seminole County seniors who are 60 and older. The ninth grade SALT team will be painting the exterior of a home for a senior citizen who is in need and a client of Meals on Wheels. The students might also provide light yard clean up.

10th Grade: Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is a private, non-profit organization that collects, stores, and distributes donated food to more than 500 partner agencies in six Central Florida counties: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia. Geneva sixth and tenth graders will package and sort non-perishable food items to be sent out to Second Harvest's partnership agencies to help feed the hungry in Central Florida. The tenth graders will be teamed up with sixth graders to promote mentoring relationships with younger students.

11th Grade: The Arbor School of Central Florida
The Arbor School of Central Florida is a sensory-based school that uses occupational therapy and speech/language therapy to support and enhance the academic and social needs of the students. Students who attend Arbor Day have diagnoses such as sensory processing disorder, high functioning autism, Asperger's Syndrome, PDD, and other learning disabilities. Geneva eleventh graders help enhance their school grounds, complete art projects with the students, play games, and more

12th Grade: The Russell Home
The Russell Home for Atypical Children is home for a number of children and adults whose handicap prevents their independent functioning in the community and otherwise enjoying a normal life. The Russell Home provides around-the-clock specialized care in a home-like atmosphere so vital to their residents’ special needs. Founded over 60 years ago by Mrs. Vantreese “Grandma” Russell, The Russell Home for Atypical Children is the only private, non-profit facility of its kind for severely handicapped children in Central Florida. Geneva twelfth graders will team up with The Russell Home kids at the bowling alley for some friendly competition at the lanes. This type of outing is not something the residents are able to do very often. An awards ceremony is planned over a pizza lunch where everyone will celebrate with medals, certificates, and of course bragging rights. Geneva students will need to bring their “A” game, as some of The Russell Home kids are Special Olympian bowlers!

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