Belinder G.I.V.E.S. (Growth In Volunteer Experience for Students) is volunteer training for all students at Belinder. Every student participates, and through a variety of activities, they learn the meaning of volunteerism, philanthropy, and the true “need” that exists in our community.
K-4th grades do 1 project/field trip per year.
5th-6th graders do 4 projects/field trips per year.
Belinder Elementary students are blessed to have such a variety of volunteer opportunities at Belinder. Please spend some time with your child and discuss what their favorite activities were while participating in Belinder G.I.V.E.S. throughout their years at Belinder. Identifying their passion is an important step to becoming a life-long volunteer.
Grades K-2 GIVES Focus: Literacy
Kindergarten- Pet/Animal Safety (February) – Students will create a book that they will read to an animal and collect items for an animal shelter.
1st Grade- Senior Citizens (May) – Students will select a book to read with a resident of a local assisted living home and create a “storybook placemat” for the residents to enjoy during a meal.
2nd Grade- Books on Tape (March/ April) – Students will select a favorite storybook, make a recording of the book, and then donate/gift a copy of the book to a partnering KC, KS school
Grades 3-6 GIVES Focus: Community Outreach
3rd Grade- Comfort Care & Support (December-April) – Students will lead a school-wide effort to raise funds/donations in support of a charity/program that works with children & their families. They will create flannel “tie blankets” and gift bags.
4th Grade- Disaster Support (October) – Students will collect hygienic supplies necessary to create emergency kits in support of the Red Cross; and create personal/family emergency plans and kits
5TH & 6TH GRADE!!
5th Grade- Military/Veteran Support (Quarterly/Year-long) – Students may establish Pen Pals with soldiers posted overseas and collect supplies and assemble gift boxes in support of Operation Christmas Child. They may also create care boxes for current military members and visit the VA Hospital and WWI Memorial.
6th Grade- Hunger Relief/Support (Quarterly/Year-long) – Students may assemble sack lunches for Harvesters, lead a school-wide collection for the “Souper Bowl of Caring,” assemble Spring Break meals for children in need or another Hunger Relief activity.
If you have questions, comments, or suggestions for the Belinder Elementary Belinder G.I.V.E.S. committee, please click here. If you would like to volunteer to help out or lead a G.I.V.E.S. project please click here.