|The Social Justice component of the Global Citizenship Project focuses on developing and fostering respect and care for human and
economic development that is equitable and sustainable.
While many activities are integrated into the classroom curriculum, three special programs engage all grades and even extend to family and community participation:
Third Sunday of the Month Grocery-Bagging at AFAC
In addition to the food drives that Ashlawn has run for the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), we now have our own, monthly, grocery-bagging session. On the third Sunday of every month, at 4:30 pm, Ashlawn families meet up at AFAC to fill grocery bags for our neighbors in Arlington who cannot afford to buy all of the food they need. The bags are filled assembly-line fashion: the food is set up in crates and the children put one can from each crate into their bag. We usually have between five and ten families per session. This is a very nice volunteer experience for the whole family, and it is most definitely in the spirit of Ashlawn's Global CItizenship Project.
Partnership with Sunrise Senior Living at Bluemont Park
Sunrise provides independent and assisted living options for seniors. Ashlawn supports Sunrise's program and encourages inter-generational activities in the following ways:
•Annual Halloween Parade through Sunrise facilitities
•Sunrise residents donate spare change for our "Help the Home Homeless Walkathon" and participate in events
•Visitation of music groups / class performances
•Creation of table centerpieces and/or laminated placements for resident meals. Creation and display of student murals and other artwork in Sunrise hallways
•Greed cards/penpals. Second graders have ongoing correspondence with Sunrise penpals
•Sunrise volunteers support gardening activities at Ashlawn
For specific information about these activities with Sunrise, check out the Blog page.