When a student brings us a great idea, we do everything we can to make it a reality. Third grader at our sister school BASIS Independent Brooklyn, Eden E. approached faculty asking if she could have a Bake Sale to raise money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Cancer Center. She came with a written proposal, a volunteer list and a poster. Below, an administrator's experience with supporting and nurturing the idea above and beyond just a singular act of kindness. 

I was a little apprehensive to ask her why she has chosen a hospital in Philadelphia to benefit from her philanthropy, not being sure if she or a loved one had been a patient.  So I talked to her parents. Eden saw a documentary on VICE, the Emmy-award winning HBO documentary series, about the innovative cancer treatment and research this hospital is doing. She believes that Children’s Hospital will cure cancer. 

Such is the genesis of our first annual Community Service Week, which took place May 4-8th. In addition to the Bake Sale, we hosted a toy drive, a coat drive, and a penny drive.

The display of love and support our students demonstrated for their school and the local communities during Community Service Week exceeded all expectations.  We are all very proud of what our school community, with the generous help of our Parent Volunteer Committee (PVC), accomplished.

We kicked off the week with Eden’s Bake Sale, which raised $1,030 for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Eden, the 3rd grader who proposed the sale, will present the check personally in the next couple of weeks. The treats sure were delicious and the students very happy to participate:

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Head over to our Facebook page for more pictures. 

Additionally, over 13 large bags of plastic toys were delivered to Second Hand Toys for distribution to children in need through our Toy Drive. The Coat Drive yielded over 120 coats for the homeless through St. Mary's Episcopal Church. The big winner was the Penny Drive.  We collected $1,308.34 for charity!  All grades voted for the charity of their choice – the winner being the Red Cross.  The largest gift of coins was from the 5th and 6th grade team who collected nearly half the gift-- $622.78!

We spoke to some student to ask them about their feelings on service week and what it means to them:

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What did you enjoy most about service week?

"The Bake Sale! It felt good helping people with cancer. The red and orange ones tasted really good." - Eden E.

"The Bake Sale was the best. It was really good stuff and everyone contributed." - Josephine M.

"Helping people, people that need things more than me." - Webber S. 

What does service week mean to you?

"Helping the poor and the sick, and doing the right thing." -Eden E. 

"Trying to support and give time and energy to help a cause and give help to people in need." -Josephine M.

"Helping other people and the community." -Webber S. 

We're excited to see the amazing ideas cultivated by BASIS Independent Fremont students in the coming years!

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