Outreach Gift Fair
The goal of Campbell Hall's Elementary Outreach Gift Fair is to help our students share their blessings with those less fortunate at the holiday season. Our hope is that as students and families discuss effective and specific ways to make others' lives better, their own holidays will be enriched, and the students will begin a life-long involvement in service and outreach.
Campbell Hall's Outreach Gift Fair was started at the Holiday Season in 1990 to help our students understand that celebration of our gifts involves sharing with others. Modeled after Alternative Gifts International, our Fair is scheduled around Thanksgiving each year and provides the Campbell Hall community with a "shopping list" of projects, such as support for the training of a guide dog for the visually impaired, support for the Interfaith Food Pantry, or library supplies for Hillsides Homes for Children in Pasadena which offer opportunities to give meaningful gifts in honor of friends, family, colleagues, or teachers!
In November, tables are set up outside Garver Gym before and after elementary chapels to accept your donations and to offer informational inserts to be put in your holiday greeting cards and sent as gifts: "A gift to support this project was made in your honor through the Campbell Hall Outreach Gift Fair."
Prior to this community event, the students in grades K-6 are involved in an extended service learning activity. Each class supports a project from the "shopping list" appropriate to the curriculum and to the students' interests. Sixth grade students vote on their project for the year. Classroom activities may involve science, math, art, reading and social studies, as well as service learning. A culminating chapel is presented by each grade in grades 1-6.
The service learning component of this activity involves not only exploring a variety of outreach opportunities, but also the fact that the students' earn their money for the class gift. Each student is asked to decide on some kind of special service to earn $3 in grades K-2 and $5 in the grades 3-6. Car washes, recycling, and taking care of the family pets are perennial favorites.