From Brenda Wilder, Fourth-Grade Teacher:
Fourth graders study the human body, focusing mostly on bones, muscles, and joints. As part of their unit, the teachers read aloud the book Small Steps by Peg Kehret, which tells the story of a young girl diagnosed with polio. The disease attacks the nerves and can cause paralysis and issues with breathing. Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children started as a clinic for patients struck by the polio epidemic in 1921. The curriculum, the story, and the hospital help tie together our community service which is a Lower School book drive. Fourth graders created a presentation explaining the service project which they shared in Chapel.
Scottish Rite's summer book sale supports the Legacy Scholarship Program which was established in 1986. It is a separate nonprofit corporation governed by the Scottish Rite Masons of Texas for the sole purpose of providing educational scholarships for former patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Since 1986, the program has awarded more than 1,700 scholarships totaling more than $2,225,000.
This year, the Lower School collected 1564 books!
Once the drive began, students were responsible for gathering books from the carpool locations, counting, and boxing the books. When they visited the hospital, the students delivered the donated books and enjoyed a presentation about the amazing services this special place provides. This trip is always a meaningful highlight of the fourth-grade year.