Over the break, several students from Chris Andres’ third grade class, their siblings, and families helped Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church set up the Family Promise shelter for homeless families staying during the holiday break.
Center for Design Thinking Director Mary Cantwell and Mr. Andres (and families) were there to help set up the four bedrooms that took shape in the Fellowship Hall. The students incorporated a few things that originated from their third grade DEEP design thinking challenge on “the houseless” to help make the shelter feel more like a home. They created a mock fireplace, stained glass windows, bedside tables, Christmas artwork, snowflakes, and hung quilts. The students also decorated stockings that the families received at Christmas during their stay with another congregation.
MVP church members said the students contributions were extraordinary and added a great deal to the experience.
In the spring, students will return to work with the church and Family Promise to create another welcoming set up in the Fellowship Hall when a group of families stay during spring break.
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