ICGL in Action

Throughout the pandemic, Pace’s Isdell Center for Global Leadership (ICGL) has supported our community engagement partners as they adapt to the crisis.

The year ahead promises to offer unique opportunities for community engagement, and we will provide volunteer experiences in which you can participate at home or in locations complying with social-distancing and disinfection protocols. Visit the Community Engagement webpage to find the opportunity that’s right for you and your family. 

As we prepare to return to school, here’s how we’re helping others in the Atlanta community:

Agape Backpack Giveaway: Local schools are adapting to meet the challenges of virtual learning—and freshman Adger Allen has jumped in to help! With the assistance of the Pace community, Allen collected more than 300 backpacks and raised over $2,500 to provide school supplies for the Agape Youth and Family Center’s Great Backpack Giveaway. Thanks to those who donated and to the students who helped sort and deliver backpacks to W.J. Scott Elementary School. On July 31, Agape will distribute over 1,000 filled backpacks to students throughout Atlanta.

Bloom Closet: Pace’s community engagement clubs have stayed busy this summer. Junior Laura Arenth organized an opportunity to support Bloom Closet as the organization turned its annual back-to-school event into a drive-through experience. She and several Upper School students helped hand out bookbags, school supplies, clothes and to-go lunch to client agencies that support foster children across north Georgia.

Purpose Built Schools Supply Drive: To kick off year two of the ICGL’s partnership with Purpose Built Schools Atlanta, Pace is excited to support Slater Elementary School with a back-to-school drive. The school’s students, grades kindergarten through five, will start the school year at home and are in need of resources they would typically share during in-class instruction. 

As you shop for school supplies, please considering picking up a few extra items to donate such as composition notebooks, handwriting paper, index cards, notebook paper, multi-colored copy paper, folders, pencil packs, pink erasers, highlighters, crayons, glue sticks, dry erase markers and student scissors. Look for donation bins across campus during the first week of school.

Throughout the pandemic, Pace’s Isdell Center for Global Leadership (ICGL) has supported our community engagement partners as they adapt to the crisis. As we prepare to return to school, here’s how you can help others in the Atlanta community:

Agape Backpack Giveaway: Join freshman Adger Allen in supporting the Agape Youth and Family Center’s Great Backpack Giveaway. Each year, Agape collects and distributes new backpacks filled with school supplies to more than 2,400 under-served students. Due to COVID-19, Apage has had to redesign the sorting and distribution components of the drive, and Allen is serving as project manager for the July 31 event, ensuring that social distancing and safety guidelines are observed. 

Agape’s biggest need is for 300 large, high-quality backpacks (like this one, with padded shoulder straps) for high-school students. Purchase a backpack and ship or deliver it to the Allen home (3068 Rhodenhaven Dr. NW 30327) by Sunday, July 26. 

Purpose Built Schools Supply Drive: To kick off year two of the ICGL’s partnership with Purpose Built Schools Atlanta, Pace is excited to support Slater Elementary School with a back-to-school drive. The school’s students, grades kindergarten through five, will start the school year at home and are in need of resources they would typically share during in-class instruction. 

As you shop for school supplies, please considering picking up a few extra items to donate, such as composition notebooks, handwriting paper, index cards, notebook paper, multi-colored copy paper, folders, pencil packs, pink erasers, highlighters, crayons, glue sticks, dry erase markers and student scissors. Look for donation bins across campus during the first week of school. 

As we continue to live at a distance, Pace is committed to supporting individuals and groups impacted by the pandemic. The ICGL team has created a community engagement section on Pace Health, where Pace students, faculty and families can find engagement opportunities.

Atlanta Community Food Bank: Pace Athletics donated excess snacks and drinks from its concession stands to support those facing food insecurity during COVID-19. Their contributions are part of the more than 4 million pounds of food that the organization is donating during the month of May.

Bloom Closet: The Bloom Community Engagement Club thanks the Pace families who donated to its spring clothing drive, which filled two large U-Haul trucks to the brim. All donations are now at Bloom Closet helping foster families in need. 

Atlanta Mission & First Presbyterian Church: Sophomore Benjamin Chern and junior Jonny Sundermeier are bringing awareness to the needs of those experiencing homelessness. Consider donating one or more of the following items to Atlanta Mission and First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta’s Community Ministry: gently used or new backpacks and books for school-aged children; gently used sneakers (sizes 9-13); personal hygiene products; sunblock lotion; ponchos; canned goods; dry foods; salt and pepper; disposable plates, bowls, cutlery and napkins; individually packaged snacks and juice boxes; gift cards to Kroger, Walmart or Publix. 

Donate items May 28-30 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church parking lot, located at 1328 Peachtree Street NE. To drop off at an earlier date or help receive donations during the drive, contact benjamin.chern22@paceacademy.org or jonny.sundermeier21@paceacademy.org.

The Lower School Isdell Center for Global Leadership (ICGL) Japan and Waste Teacher Cohort could not let the year end without recognizing students' hard work, so the Lower School celebrated Children's Week May 4-8. May 5 is Children's Day in Japan—a day to celebrate the happiness and joy of younger generations.  

Each day during the Lower School’s celebration, a teacher planned a video and lesson. On Monday, Pre-First teacher Patti Alexander led students through the origins of Children's Day and shared a Japanese fable. In addition, Robbi Hudgins’ second-grade class welcomed a special visitor—Jason Ferguson, second-grade associate teacher Scarlett Ferguson’s husband and an expert in Japanese language and culture. 

On Tuesday, Director of Curriculum and Professional Development Amy Underwood and fifth-grade teacher Hayley Hardwick taught Kanji, the Japanese character-writing system. On Wednesday, first-grade teacher Tara Hovan and her husband, Jason Hovan, a chef, showed students how to make candy sushi. 

Students learned origami from second-grade teacher Mary Pat McCallum and third-grade teacher Samantha Meiselman on Thursday, and the ICGL team rounded out the week with a STEAM lesson on making an island out of trash—like Japan’s Yumenoshima Island—with science teacher Katie Sandlin and Design Thinking teacher Janie Rowe

These ICGL activities were inspired by the teachers’ trip to Japan last year and provided students a way to celebrate their work.

As we continue to live life at a distance, many in the Pace community want to support the individuals and groups most impacted by the pandemic. The ICGL has remained in contact with its community engagement partners to provide support as they adapt to the ever-changing situation, and the team has created a community engagement section on Pace Health, where Pace students, faculty and families can find engagement opportunities.

In addition, sophomore Benjamin Chern and junior Jonny Sundermeier are leading an effort to bring awareness to the needs of those experiencing homelessness. Make a difference by helping Atlanta Mission and First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta’s Community Ministry, which provide free meals, MARTA cards, groceries and many other services to this population.

Please consider donating gently used or new backpacks and books for school-aged children; gently used sneakers (sizes 9-13); personal hygiene products (shampoo, soap, deodorant, lip balm); sunblock lotion; rain ponchos; canned goods (soup, tuna and vegetables); dry foods (rice, beans, cereal); salt and pepper; disposable plates, bowls, cutlery and napkins; individually packaged snacks and juice boxes; gift cards to Kroger, Walmart or Publix. 

Donate items May 28-30 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta’s parking lot, located at 1328 Peachtree Street NE. To drop off at an earlier date or help receive donations during the drive, please email benjamin.chern22@paceacademy.org or jonny.sundermeier21@paceacademy.org.

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