The Student Council will be holding a donations drive for the Ronald McDonald House February 1st – 14th. They are collecting donations for two different types of bags, one is a toiletry bag that can be given to families when they move into the RMH, (so all of those travel size toiletry items that families often bring home from hotel stays) and the other is a bag that families can take with them to the hospital that would include things like bottled water and snacks and small toys to keep children entertained while they sit in a waiting room.
Help EDS Help Even More Families in Need!
Nat Lanier, 3rd grade EDS student, made a special masterpiece to deliver to Ivey Coleman. Ivey is a loved member of our community and the mother of former EDS student, Beth Coleman. She is an art teacher who has taught many lessons with EDS students over the years, so this piece of art is something she will always treasure. Nat’s gesture of kindness and creativity touched her life and made her day. Let us all do acts of kindness for one another!
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church suffered a devastating fire, destroying the historic sanctuary between Christmas and New Years. (read a powerful story about it here). Thankfully there was neither loss of life nor injury. St. Luke’s offers countless outreach ministries in the Harrisburg neighborhood and many of our students have been involved with Beyond EDS service there over the years. Faith communities around Augusta and the CSRA, including the Church of the Good Shepherd, have been rallying to show pastoral and financial support, and it is time for our Episcopal Day School to do the same. On FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017 1st-8th graders are invited to dress down (according to the guidelines in the handbook) and 3 year old-kindergarten students are invited to wear their favorite hat. In order to participate in this special dress down/hat day, please bring a DONATION OF AT LEAST $5. More generous gifts are strongly encouraged, as we know that whatever we are able to share will be greatly appreciated by a faithful congregation that faces nearly insurmountable costs in rebuilding. Our gift will, of course, be accompanied by ongoing prayers for healing and hope at St. Luke’s and in the neighborhood in serves. Thank you for your kindness in giving.
While most of us are looking ahead to a fun, carefree summer, there are many children who will be spending their time in the Joseph M. Still Burn Center. While we can’t give them the summer vacation they would like, we can help make their time in the hospital more enjoyable.
Home Works of Augusta will be held this year on Friday June 10 till Monday June 12th. We’ll begin at 7pm on the 10th and conclude after dinner on the 12th. The session is open to all students who are rising 6th graders through those who have just completed their 8th grade year. We’ll need a ratio of one adult for every four students in attendance. We encourage older kids to apply to be a Student Leader. If they are interested, then have them email Matthew Lewis.
Last year was a lot of fun and we are going to continue the great tradition this summer. There will be a few changes including a new coordinator and a smaller number of kids in order to cultivate a more one-on-one environment in small groups and work sites, so register soon.
Here are the important dates you need to know:
Friday, April 1 Roster of names and ages of student and adult participants due
Friday, May 6 Registration and money due
Friday, June 10 Home Works session begins
Registration cost will be $100 per person this year. However, this should not prevent any student from attending— we can make scholarships available to any student in need. Checks should be made payable to Good Shepherd- please enclose checks with registration forms. All registration information may be mailed here to the address below.
Looking forward to it!
The Church of the Good Shepherd
2230 Walton Way
Augusta, GA 30904
Jump Rope For Heart is a community service learning program of the American Heart Association. It teaches kids the importance of developing heart-healthy habits, that being physically active can be fun, and that raising funds to support cardiovascular research and education helps save lives in their community and across the country. Millions of students have learned jump rope and basketball skills while learning how nutrition and physical activity can help them live longer, healthier lives.
This year was a huge success at EDS with 96 3rd-5th graders participating. 76 of those students raised $5,067.50 this year for the American Heart Association!
See photos from the event here:
Jump Rope for Heart is Friday, February 12, 2016 from 8:30-10:30 am in the EDS Gym for students in grades 3-5. All students have received their Jump Rope for Heart packets and are ready to fundraise! Parents are welcome to come watch and are also invited to jump rope with the students. Our goal is to raise $7,000.00 this year.
The students will collect money and turn their envelopes in on the day of the event, Friday, February 12th. Below are the directions for going online to collect money:
– Go to www.heart.org/jump
– Under “Search for a Team,” enter your EDS, Augusta, Ga. 30904
– When you find your team, click the “join team” hyperlink
– Create your own username, password, and answer a security question
– Click continue
– Fill out the registration form
– Have parents sign online waiver
Students should come to school on Friday morning dressed for the event in the following:
navy or black shorts
any EDS t-shirt
tennis shoes and socks
If freezing or extremely cold temperatures are forecast for Friday morning, February 12th, students are encouraged to wear black or navy sweatpants over their shorts.
This year, the American Heart Association has changed their incentive program from the adorable ducks to puppies. Mrs. Andrews has the first three puppies with the lanyard here in the office, so be sure to send in the coupon or donate online to get your puppies.