Yesterday morning, the TCIS elementary community delivered coal heating fuel to Daejeon families in need.
A large group of TCIS grade 3-5 students, parents, and faculty went out into the city on a cold winter's morning; to personally deliver coal fuel to Daejeon families. A number of families in Daejeon depend on coal for essential heating needs, and it is difficult for many to acquire it.
This student-led project got all parts of the Elementary community involved. Grades K-5 students raised funds with student-designed Christmas cards at the annual Christmas Bazaar. Families made donations. Our older students and their parents physically delivered coal to the families who would ultimately use it.
We had three separate groups yesterday, delivering three pallets of fuel to houses. A truck delivered the purchased coal at the street, and our teams passed it down the drives and alleys in chains, stacking it at the properties. It was a good system that got everyone working together. It was real physical work, but the format made it appropriate for our young ones.
In the end, the coal wasn't very heavy, and the students did not have to walk overly far to make their deliveries, but they were momentous steps that our children took yesterday. Active involvement in compassionate work – stepping out, using their hands, and meeting real people – is an essential part of cultivating young people who lead in purposeful change.
While TCIS has a long history in our Secondary School for donating and delivering winter coal, this was the first time our elementary students got involved. It was such a great success – both for serving others and teaching our children about compassionate work in the community.
We are so proud of you, Students. Each of you played an important part, and we look forward to working beside you at this again next year!
Also, we send a huge thank you to all of our parents that came out to work, supervise, and donate. It was cold, but it was another important investment in our children. We so value your kind partnership!