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Oakwood Elementary Has Annual Family Service Night

The elementary school event had 375 participants creating volunteer projects for the community.

Oakwood Elementary School hosted its fourth annual Family Service Night Nov. 2.

Oakwood Principal Dennis Grasmick said he believes Family Service Night provides an extraordinary way for the school community to demonstrate kindness in action, and teaches children that everyone can contribute. 

This year’s event brought in 375 parents and students who built birdhouses, contributed to a clothing drive, created “Night-Night” comfort bundles, Kids Helping Kids, letters to soldiers, Locks of Love, sandwich station, senior station and toys for rescue animals.

Families created 49 birdhouses; collected 50 large bags full of clothing; created 43 blankets and 43 bundles of blankets, stuffed animals and books for Sojourner Project, a battered women’s shelter; decorated and filled 72 pencil cases for children in Guatemala, raised $142.57 from a lemonade stand to benefit the Oakwood PTA scholarship fund; wrote 130 letters for soldiers; made 15 donations of hair to Locks of Love; assembled and delivered 540 sandwiches for the Marie Sandvik Center in Minneapolis; created 60 door hangers and 18 centerpieces for residents of Clare Bridge of Plymouth senior housing for their Thanksgiving celebration; and made 217 cat and dog toys for animals waiting at Adopt-A-Pet. 

The Family Service Night is made possible through a partnership between the Oakwood PTA and Wayzata Community Action, which both contributed funds to help assist with the event. The event was organized by PTA members Faye Otero, Patricia D’Angelico and Nikki Kietzer. 

This year’s event also drew attention from Rochester Public Schools and Robbinsdale Public Schools. Representatives from Rochester and Zachary Lane Elementary attended to learn more about hosting a Family Service Night in their districts. 

“There’s more and more data being gathered all the time that’s telling us that our current students in elementary school are going to be much more community oriented — much more willing to go out and to help in their communities — not as concerned about the size of their homes or the cars that they drive but what they do to help their community to grow and we’re going to capitalize on that in our building because academic success is only as good as the personal experience of using that success or knowledge to benefit your community,”  said Grasmick

(Information provided by a Wayzata School District press release.)

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