Ellen’s Community Service Project

Ellen: All right. For my black belt service project, I went to the Woodridge Club Library and I did a bunch of different service projects that helped for their summer reading programs. Um, I did these programs when I was little, so I think it was super cool to see the full circle moment to get to do the behind-the-scenes work. So some of the things I did were cutting out a bunch of paper crowns and putting stickers in a bag with them for the Mother’s Day Tea Party, which was on May 11th. And these are some of the pictures from it, and they were putting together all the crowns that I helped package.

Ellen: Um, and then for other things I did, I folded these like programs for the summer reading program and I also helped cut out stars for everyone that signs up. Um, it was a total of 10 hours and I went three different times throughout the month of May, and it was sometimes from open to close. As soon as the library was open, I was there. And then until when they closed, um, helping out and just doing a whole bunch of behind-the-scenes work. Um, and it was super fun. And I think I’m gonna go back more times at the summary run.

Ms. Loula: Yay!


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