Lacey to continue Spirit of Giving Back project

‘Pandemic feels’ still present, says official


In their sixth year of partnering with North Thurston Public Schools (NTPS) and the Lacey South Sound Chamber, the Lacey Community Relations and Public Affairs Committee plans to continue the "Spirit of Giving Back Project" until next year.

According to NTPS’ website, “the Spirit of Giving Back Project” highlights how students, community groups, employees, businesses, clubs, and organizations give back to our community.

“With our schools and students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic last year, we want to continue this theme and celebrate getting out in the community for volunteering,” the school district said.

Community Relations Specialist Jenny Bauersfeld said the team opted to continue last year's theme because the "pandemic feels" is still very present, and it made some challenges on volunteering efforts.

"We just know that our community has more to give and more to show, and so we know that there's still a lot in need in our community as well," says Bauersfeld. "So we thought we would do the 'Spirit of Giving Back' part two."

NTPS Assistant Director of Communications Amy Blondin urges groups and businesses in the city to engage in the project.

According to the school district’s website, groups can join the campaign by:

  • Picking up a "Spirit of Giving Back" banner before your event at:
    • NTPS District Office (305 College Street NE). Each school will also have its own banner.
    • City of Lacey (420 College Street SE)
    • The Lacey South Sound Chamber Office (3925 8th Avenue SE Ste C)
  • Sending a selfie/photo of you/your own group holding the banner and a short description of their project so the project can post them on its Compassionate Community Facebook page

“If you can't pick up a banner,” the group said, “send us your Service/volunteering photos anyway!”

Blondin also briefed some council members on the previous projects of their partnership, such as the Little Red Schoolhouse Backpack Distribution, Meadows Elementary Food Drive and Food Bank Day of Service, among others.

"I'm so glad that we're back this year with this program, and I think it's just such a warm, loving thing to do and such a great way for our kids to learn to be better citizens," says Councilmember Carolyn Cox.


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