Stepping Stone School Students Give Back

November 21, 2016

Our partners at the Stepping Stone School sponsor the Stepping Stone Kids' K every year at the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot. They also strongly believe that giving back should be a part of a child's curriculum as they move through school. On this guest blog post, Stepping Stone's Associate Director of Curriculum explains why this is a core value of their students' education

By Susan Brunk, M.Ed.

Associate Director of Curriculum at Stepping Stone School

Generosity and gratitude are fundamental cornerstones of character development behind Stepping Stone School’s comprehensive Platinum Learning for Life™curriculum.

As our faculty model, our efforts begin in the classroom, practicing and teaching the value of sharing and caring for others. We promote these attitudes through charitable giving events throughout the year and teach monthly character building with focused learning activities. 

Research demonstrates that children develop an attitude of charity and compassion when they experience opportunities for giving throughout their development.

Since 2003, Stepping Stone School has sponsored the Kids’ K and activity center at the annual ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot and we participate in canned food drives for Caritas of Austin and Central Texas Food Bank at each of our 19 area campuses. To date, almost $3 million has been raised for Caritas by the Turkey Trot. Rhonda Paver, Founder and Executive director of Stepping Stone School said, “Stepping Stone School is proud to have partnered with ThunderCloud subs for the last 13 years and we strongly support the efforts of this joyful and lasting partnership to support the wonderful work by Caritas of Austin. We always look forward to the annual Turkey Trot where our vibrant community comes together in the spirit of kindness, caring, gratitude and giving to others.”

During the month of October, Stepping Stone School partnered with Austin Diaper Bank and other local businesses for “The Great Central Texas Diaper Round-Up” by collecting over 5,400 diapers to help reach the goal of collecting 100,000 diapers for babies and seniors in the Central Texas area.

From selling refreshing lemonade, warm cookies and creative crafts, students put their business minds and giving hearts to work during the Young Entrepreneurs & Philanthropists™ summer camp program in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas (RMHC CTX). The students raised over $6,000 through the sale of their goods, effectively doubling the amount raised last year including additional monetary contributions and in-kind resources provided by Stepping Stone School. Together, they donated $10,000 this year and over $33,000 to date in support of the families with hospitalized children that rely on RMHC CTX.

Last but not least, every winter, school age children make cards and treats to bring to local area nursing homes and deliver them along with carols and hugs. 

Why?

Because we care about our local community.  These efforts reach out to our surrounding areas bringing a greater connection between children, families, our schools, and businesses.  We enthusiastically embrace opportunities to help make Central Texas a better place to learn, work, live and grow together.