Community Service Projects on the Plymouth Campus
Each month during the school year, our students and staff participate in campus-wide service learning projects. We have engaged in small acts of kindness and generosity for others including:
- delivering May baskets to a memory care facility,
- creating Valentine's Day cards for hospital patients,
- donating socks to homeless and runaway youth,
- making blankets for the Linus Project, and
- sending Beanie Babies and letters of support and gratitude to the service men and women who are part of Operation Gratitude.
Events like these at our Plymouth campus, give the students and staff an opportunity to work together as a group, to lend support to others in our local community, and to reach out into the larger community of our nation. These projects help our students gain a sense of the needs of other people and recognize they can perform small acts of kindness that go a long way in supporting and uplifting others.We have received heartfelt feedback from several of the organizations with whom we have participated. Click on the tabs below to learn more about our acts of giving.
Each month our students give back to the community by doing a service learning project. For the month of May our students and faculty made May Day baskets to be distributed to the residents of a local memory care facility. “Our students have fun creating!” says Campus Director Jess Bauer. “It is important that they understand why they’re doing it, who the recipients are, and how gratifying it is to know they have made someone’s day!”
In October 2015, Brightmont Academy staff and students became "blanketeers" to help the Project Linus cause. Project Linus is a nationwide non-profit organization who collects and distributes blankets to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere a child might need a hug. This initiative began in 1995 and has since donated over six million blankets to kids and teens. We were honored to make these blankets and warm the hearts of children in need.
For our annual November service-learning project, students and staff collect items for Project Gratitude, accompanied by homemade cards expressing our thanks to first responders and troops.
December 14, 2017
On behalf of Operation Gratitude and the heroes who receive our care packages, I thank you for your continuing support of our mission. Your generous donation of assorted items & toiletries, letters, batteries and your dedication to our mission will enable us to keep sending our lovingly-filled Care Packages to the tens of thousands of brave men and women still deployed overseas in the harsh and remote areas; to their children anxiously awaiting their return; and to Veterans, New Recruits, First Responders, Wounded Heroes and their Care Givers.
With your sustained commitment and kindness, we have been able to send more than 1.9 Million Operation Gratitude Care Packages containing snacks, hygiene products, entertainment and hand-made items, and personal letters of appreciation. As you may have seen on our sites over the years, these expressions of love and concern from fellow citizens offer our Military & First Responders a much deserved "Thank You For Your Service" and are always greeted with enthusiasm and great appreciation.
As one Deputy Sheriff of 18 years wrote:
I am extremely grateful for the thoughtfulness that went into the Operation Gratitude package. It reminds me of why I got into law enforcement many years ago and that the majority of the public still thinks of us and wants to show how much they care. Please let everyone there know to keep up the kind acts. It is the little things that mean the most.
To read all the current letters of thanks from our recipients and to see their photos with you Operation Gratitude care packages, please "Like" us on Facebook and "follow" us on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
In 2013, we celebrated the assembly and delivery of our One Millionth Care Package. With your kind support, we will be able to send our Two Millionth Care Package this year on December 9, 2017!
Thank you again for your thoughtfulness and wonderful patriotic spirit. Every single donation we receive furthers our mission of saying "Thank You" to those who serve. The recipients of your generosity will remember your kindness forever. As a 2--year Marine and the new CEO of this amazing organization, I will always be appreciative of your support and encouragement for Operation Gratitude. You are truly making a difference!
Kevin M. Schmiegel, CEO