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Children Serving Others: Fall CSO

October 2021

Berry Patch Families, 

Fundamentally, a core of our curriculum for all ages is the social and emotional development of our students. One way this learning takes place is in highlighting a value to talk about, learn about, and role play in the classroom.  As your child hears words like RESPECT, KINDNESS, and EMPATHY they are engaging in activities that are fostering an understanding of how to live these values out.  

Our service learning program (CSO- Children Serving Others) was designed intentionally to give the students and families at The Berry Patch ways to work together to serve children in need in our community and around the world.  

By joining your children in participating in our CSO projects you model to your children that EMPATHY involves taking ACTION.  As your children enter their elementary school years they will have opportunities to reach out and care for others and will have had great, practical experiences in preschool that encourage them to get involved.  

Over the last decade plus of CSO learning activities we have been engaged with dozens of fantastic non-profit groups across the Twin Cities- and the world.  Here is a sampling of what The Berry Patch family has done together. Our families and staff have:

  • Gathered snacks for the whole school year for the kids at Whittier Wildflowers Preschool.
  • Shopped for nearly 100 hats and 100 pairs of mittens for the Hats and Mittens project.
  • Shared dozens and dozens of creative art supplies for children receiving services at Washburn Center for Children
  • Given valentines and the gift of song to our friends at Presbyterian Homes, Friendship Village, The Waters retirement homes.
  • Brought in over THREE HUNDRED POUNDS of food for weekend backpacks for The Sheridan Story to send home with food insecure children in the Twin Cities.
  • Raised funds to support children with disabilities going to school at Heshima Center for Children in Nairobi, Kenya.

There is so much to celebrate here!  While your child grows in empathy and developing the virtues that undergird positive social behavior that leads to school success, children all over the Twin Cities- and the world- have benefitted from their learning!

We will kick off our CSO Program this school year by collecting children’s storybooks for our friends at Whittier Wildflowers Preschool here in Minneapolis.  Whittier Wildflowers was launched through the joint vision of our Berry Patch Founder, Berrie Lounsberry, and the Calvary Church (Minneapolis) community. The Director Of WWP is former BP Strawberry teacher Ann Hotz and she has shepherded this fantastic school from birth to the thriving learning community it is today. WWP’s mission is:to provide children and families from all backgrounds an innovative, affordable early childhood educationin a fun, faith-based community where love and learning grow.
Your child will be bringing home a flyer this week with more information on Whittier Wildflowers and our October Book Drive. We hope you will join us in spreading our Berry Patch love!

Molly Lounsberry Dykstra
Director/Co-Owner, The Berry Patch Schools