During the month of March we have introduced the character trait of Citizenship. This is a rich trait that includes responsibility, independence, leadership, collaboration, stewardship, community outreach and being active members of the Shelburne Farms community by helping to care for the farm and animals. We continue to help the farm by taking care of the daily chicken chores and caring for our beloved friend Earl! This month we have two exciting community outreach projects that we are working on sparked by the character trait of Citizenship. The children at Renaissance School and Endeavour Middle School are collecting coins as part of the Student Series to help support the LLS mission: cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. The Pennies for Patients project is a three-week program for our students to collect change and raise funds while learning about service and philanthropy. The Renaissance students are also involved in the K.I.N.D project (Kids Inspiring Nice Deeds). This project was started by a local Shelburne mother who contacted us to see if we would like to participate. The idea is simple. Have local children prepare drawings, artwork, poems, etc. that she will collect once a month and then disperse to various places (hospitals, nursing homes, etc). The idea is that small acts of kindness go a long away and that our actions, even a simple drawing, can beautifully impact others. We are excited to have our students participating in two projects that will help others in our community. Thank you for all your support with these activities.