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Community Service and Environmental Awareness Projects

Mission: To provide San Antonio Academy students and teachers with opportunities to serve others in their local community and abroad.
 

Community

Living Legacy Program
 
The Living Legacy Program at Chandler Nursing Home in Monte Vista was established in 1988 after realizing the importance of intergenerational relationships. The program teams sixth, seventh and eighth grade students with a senior buddy so that the two can get to know each other through a series of one-on-one interviews. After several visits with their resident, the students write poems, which they recite aloud during a presentation party. Today, the program continues to touch the lives of Academy boys and their senior friends.
 
Annual Community Outreach:
 

The Pre-K boys collect new, unwrapped toys for needy children to be distributed through the Sonny Melendrez Foundation.

Kindergarten students collect school supplies (crayons, markers, tissue paper, water colors, etc.) for The Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas.

First graders collect pet supplies (quilts, soft training treats, tennis balls, rubbing alcohol) for the San Antonio Humane Society.
 
Second grade students collect new children’s books for the San Antonio Assistance League “Togs for Tots” kits. Then they take a field trip to the Assistance League’s Thrift Shop in the spring to help assemble personal hygiene kits that will accompany the new books for those children in need.
 
Third graders collect new or gently-used books to donate to San Antonio's Children Shelter. The Children's Shelter puts children first by providing a safe place for children in crisis. 
 
Fourth graders collect food items to help children at Stafford Elementary, SAISD, who without this assistance, might go without breakfast and lunch during the two-week holiday break. The food is slipped into the backpacks of these children in need.

Fifth graders
collect unwrapped and new toys for boys and girls at CAM (Christian Assistance Ministry), which serves 56,000 people annually, and 14,000 of which are children. Other donations include baby items, sports items, lotions, bath items, jewelry, socks, etc.
 
Sixth graders collect new socks and underwear and new or gently-used coats to benefit the homeless served by the SA Catholic Worker House. The boys also visit the Worker House and help serve meals to the homeless.
 
Seventh graders collect money to donate to World Vision, an international organization that "builds a better world for children" and helps families struggling to survive.
 
Eighth graders collect money to help the underprivileged children living in Los Quinchos in Nicaragua. The money provides food, clothing, and education to over 150 children who live with their families in this devastatingly poor area.

Schoolwide: The Academy participates in an End-of-the-Year School Supplies Drive to assist the students and teachers at the PreK – 12th grade school at the Battered Women and Children’s Shelter. And also...
 
Annual Food Drive:  In early December, SAA boys bring canned goods and non-perishable food items to donate to the San Antonio Food Bank. Since 2003, The Academy has collected 26,722 pounds of food. Review the top 12 most-wanted food items.
 
 
Pennies for Patients:  SAA participates annually in the program benefitting The Lukemia & Lymphoma society during February. In 2016, the school collected $3,056.53, which brings our total contributions to $21,230.80.
 

Environmental

Campus-wide Recycle Program
In an effort to pitch in and do our part to help the environment, SAA is making a campus-wide push to recycle the paper produced in classrooms, workrooms, and administrative offices. Below, is a sample of the results over a four-month time span, collecting approximately 3,500 pounds of paper waste! This saves:
 
29 trees
7,000 KWH of energy
12, 250 gallons of water
5.5 cubic yards of landfill
105 pounds of air pollution
 

Corks for Cancer Research
 
UPDATE - 2/23/16: Over 22,650 corks have come in for recycling so far this year! Keep 'em coming!
 
In 2014-15, SAA donated 25,553 corks, which contributed $1,022.12 to cancer research. During the 2013-14 school year, SAA recycled approximately 28,843 corks; our best year so far! This amounted to $1,153.72 put towards cancer research.In 2012-13, we collected 25,285 unwanted corks. That was 3,755 more corks than we contributed the previous, 2011-2012, school year, which totaled 21,530 corks. Thanks to these efforts $1,011.40 was donated to cancer research.

What is the Cork Project? It's a way to reduce items put into landfills and at the same time donates money toward cancer research.
 
Spec's is working with Widgetco, a company responsible for making new products with recyclable materials, to keep trash out of landfills. As an added bonus, for every cork turned in Spec’s makes a 4 cent donation to The Ready or Not Foundation, whose mission is to promote a national and international awareness of pediatric brain cancer, and to raise research dollars in search for better treatments and a cure for pediatric brain cancer. You can find out more by visiting http://www.specsonline.com/ and following the link for Charitable Foundation. 
 
How Can You Get Involved? Take your corks (natural or synthetic) to any local San Antonio Spec's and tell Ms. Baumgardner how many you dropped off for our school count. Or if it's easier, you can send them to Ms. Baumgardner's classroom and she will deliver them to Spec's. If you have a restaurant or related business, you can contact them and they will assist you by providing a recycling bin at your location. Learn more

Project Redirectory

 
Congratulations to SAA for its tremendous schoolwide effort to collect outdated phone books for Project ReDirectory. In the 2012-2013 citywide program, San Antonio Academy won two different prize levels:

1st place in total books collected, winning $1,000. The Academy collected 2,167 phonebooks overall. 
 
1st place in books collected per capita, winning $500. SAA collected an average of 6.3 books per student!
 
The competition was open to all schools-public and private and is sponsored by Keep San Antonio Beautiful, Inc., AT&T, HEB, Texas Disposal Systems and Waste Management.
  
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