Fourth and fifth graders participating in Shine Bright this fall are well into their community service projects. Shine Bright teaches and empowers kids to put empathy into action. Students are paired with a mentor from the school and given curriculum to identify their passions and who they want to help and create an actionable plan with start-up money to give back to the non-profit of their choice. Students are selected based on an application process in the fall and spring.

Several students will be selling items at the Shine Bright Market the morning of the Thanksgiving program on Friday, November 22. The market will be on the concourse from 8-9 a.m. and immediately following the program until dismissal at 11:30 a.m. Please bring cash or check to pay for your items.

Here are this year’s projects:

Carlos: selling reusable grocery bags to reduce the number of plastic bags used. Donating money to Rainforest Alliance & Amazon Aid Foundation

Brodi: making coloring books to go into Welcome Bags with Katie Grace & Maria for the Community Kitchen 

Tessa: hosted a bake sale and will be volunteering with the Alice Fund 

Catherine: selling baked goods and hot chocolate to purchase tools for the Tennessee River Gorge Trust 

Christopher: selling homemade dog biscuits and collecting dog & cat food for the Dalton Humane Society 

Harriet: created and is selling Stump the Opossum shirts to "adopt" an opossum at Reflection Riding 

Katie Grace: putting together welcome bags for Community Kitchen 

Maria: selling handmade Advent Calendars and Christmas trees & putting together welcome bags for Community Kitchen

Grey: donated a basket to the auction at the Epilepsy Foundation event

Mia: partnering with Austin Hatcher and is participating in the trimming the tree party to decorate the office 

Gabby: Selling baked goods to benefit the Hart Gallery 

Lela Kate: Selling blankets & taking monetary donations for the Humane Society 

Nina: organized a river clean up to take place on November 16th for Tennessee River Rescue