Scrubs 4 Scrubs
This year, St. Mark's Episcopal School's 8th grade service project is at The Beacon, a center that provides services to the homeless. At The Beacon, homeless people have the opportunity to eat a meal, take a shower and get their laundry done.
While recently volunteering at The Beacon, members the 8th grade class worked in the laundry room. As the students washed clothes and provided medical scrubs to individuals to wear while their clothes were being washed, they identified a big problem. "We ran out of scrubs," explains 8th grader, Madelyn, "A lot of these people don't have much more than what's on their back, and if they don't have scrubs to wear, then their clothes will remain dirty." Utilizing a design thinking approach, Madelyn and other 8th graders took action. "We know that St. Mark's has a large medical community, so our solution is to hold a few car washes this semester where we'll wash cars in return for medical scrubs." Just like that, the Scrubs 4 Scrubs car wash was born!
Last Saturday, 8th grader hosted Scrubs 4 Scrubs, in which the students washed cars in exchange for a pair of scrubs to donate to The Beacon. They also collected basic toiletries, like: toilet paper, travel-sized shampoo, conditioner, body wash and shaving cream, and accepted over $2000 in cash donations, which will go toward buying scrubs for homeless to wear while their laundry is being done at The Beacon. This project is entirely student-initiated and student-led. We are incredibly proud of our 8th graders for showing several characteristics off of the St. Mark's Portrait of a Graduate, including service to others, autonomy, compassion, resourcefulness, and responsible citizenship.