Wise and Compassionate Citizens of the World
Community Service is an integral part of the curriculum and experience of Bright. Throughout the year, our students and families may donate money or items and volunteer their time for a variety of causes. The school has a special partnership with the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, and our fifth graders often spearhead a project such as collecting gently-used books or sports equipment. Bright also is a designated Katie’s Krops garden, which means we donate the vegetables grown in our Early Childhood Gardens.
Chattanooga Area Food Bank
The Bright School began a partnership with the food bank in the 2015-16 school year. We offer drives throughout the year to collect canned goods to give to the food bank or change to help purchase fresh items such as milk or produce. During the last two years, we have raised enough money to provide fresh gallons of milk to families who attend the food bank’s mobile food pantry at East Side Elementary School. Also, we have Saturdays designated throughout the year when our families, both parents and children, volunteer at the food bank, sorting items and packing boxes or sack packs.
Our youngest students learn and play in the Early Childhood Gardens adjacent to our Early Childhood Center and Enchanted Forest Playground. Throughout the year, children plant and harvest vegetables. They get to sample the bounty and also share it with our community. The Bright School is proud our garden is the first Katie's Krops Garden in Tennessee. Katie's Krops is a non-profit organization that provides seeds and other support to help school and individuals grow vegetables to donate to community organizations.