1. A Thousand Blessings
The holidays turn intramural competition into cooperation at Ursuline Academy with teams annually joining together in a service project. For the 2018 project, students made more than 1,000 “Blessing Bags” to hand out to the homeless and distribute to area shelters. To fill the bags, freshmen collected socks, toothbrushes, and toothpaste; sophomores, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, and water; juniors, hand sanitizer, feminine products, and Chapstick; and seniors, tissues, hair brushes, and combs. The bags also included handwritten notes and prayers.
2. Food Bank Fun
Fifth-graders from St. Mark’s School spent a day volunteering at the North Texas Food Bank. NTFB produces more than 130,000 meals per day, and St. Mark’s students helped by bagging and boxing food.
3. Chinese Tournament Champions
Hockaday School junior Charlene Brzesowsky competed individually and as the head of the United States team at the International Chinese Language, Talent, and Knowledge Competition held in China. The American team won second place, and Brzesowsky placed second for the individual comprehensive contest. The international “Chinese Bridge” Chinese proficiency competition is a competition hosted by the Confucius Institute Headquarters.
4. Homes for Hope in Costa Rica
Seven Episcopal School of Dallas students traveled to Costa Rica to build homes alongside middle school science teacher Ellen Neill. Homes for Hope is an international organization dedicated to “bringing hope to thousands of impoverished families.” This is the third year that ESD has participated in this service project. The students built and furnished the homes in just two days. They also took families to a grocery store, a place many of the families had never visited before, to purchase groceries and other household items.