Lake of Love Field Trip

Twenty-five GMLS students, two parents, six staff members and some of their children, and a U-Haul truck FULL of donated items headed to Palomar Family Counseling Services headquarters on May 30th to deliver hope to countless families living well under the poverty line.  This hope came in the form of gently used clothing, shoes, toys, and books all sorted, packed, loaded and delivered with love, empathy and kindness . . .  and all in honor of our own Shani Abed’s beloved niece, Agam Levy. Our students are active and committed members of the GMLS Kindness Committee, or like some like to call it, our Kindness Community.  These students dedicate their lunchtimes, their hearts and their hands to doing good deeds regularly. Their connection to this meaningful project, called Lake of Love, taught all of us adults a thing or two about giving.  The teamwork, compassion and humility our students displayed was a perfect match for the incredible work that we learned about from the Palomar Counseling team. Led by Sharon Kruvi, over a dozen counselors toured us around their building and helped our SDJA students better understand the agency’s important work of supporting low-income students to improve their mental health and resilience. Through the universal languages of food, play, and giving . . . our communities came together in a beautiful tribute to Agam. The kids were thrilled to learn that they are part of a project that has already developed an international presence in both Israel and Mexico. We are so proud of their impact in making the world a better place.

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