Vincent Elementary School Students Lead by Serving!!!

Vincent Elementary School Students Gives to Others

The third through fifth intellectually gifted students at Vincent Elementary School have been learning about what it means to be a philanthropist. The students discovered that being a philanthropist is giving of one’s time, talent, and treasure for the benefit of others or for common good. They became really excited about being a philanthropist and discovered that in order to lead one must first serve others, especially those who are less fortunate than themselves! They collaborated and brainstormed to determine a worthy project to take on. After learning that the most requested item of people who are homeless is socks, they became excited about the possibility of conducting a school-wide sock drive over the next two weeks – concluding just before the Christmas break.

The students worked together to create a list of “to do” items along with a time line for completion and put the items in order. For example, the first item was requesting permission from Dr. Hudson to have a sock drive; they realized this had to be done prior to anything else. They also thought an incentive would motivate students to bring in more socks so they determined a pizza party would be just the motivation needed! Next on the list was setting a goal of how many pairs of socks to collect. After discussion, they set a goal of 100 pairs of socks! Notes were sent home, announcements were made, and our box for collecting socks was out the next day! After just a couple of days, the students had exceeded their goal! Ultimately, they collected over 1,000 pairs of socks – 1,363 pairs to be exact! The entire school and community worked together to accomplish our goal! The students partnered with a local charity, Shelby Baptist Association SBA), located in Columbiana, AL to donate the socks. Someone who has benefited from the services provided by SBA along with a representative from SBA will speak to the students and pick up the socks from Vincent Elementary.
The students have enjoyed being a philanthropist, having real world experiences, and using the soft skills of communication, decision making, leadership, teamwork, creativity, and problem solving throughout this experience. They have learned that they can be a leader by first serving and that no matter how young someone is he or she can give back to others and be a leader by serving!

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APRIL 13th – We will have a special guest, GLOBE Director, Lynn Vaughn!!!  Please remember to bring an old white t-shirt for the activities and wear clothes that will be okay to get dirty!  🙂

April 21st – GRC Fun Night!  The University of Montevallo Honors Organization and Montevallo Service Learning Organization will be sponsoring the event!  This year’s program will be held at MES for your convenience!  Students participating will remain after school and will be picked up no later than 5:30 in front of the elementary school.  The cost is $15.00!

May 11th – Please make plans to attend the GEP meeting at 1:00.  Your child has brought home a form asking if you are or are not going to attend.  Please check one or the other, sign, and send it back as soon as possible!  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!  Thank you!


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3rd Grade GRC students at MES participated in the Hour of Code Today!

Way to go 3rd grade!!!  The 3rd graders in GRC at MES wrote a total of …. 2,916 lines of code today!!  Kemp topped out with the most number of lines –  a whopping 698 lines!!!  The students worked so hard and I am very proud of each one! 

Why computer science education is so important:

  • Computer science drives innovation throughout the US economy, but it remains marginalized throughout K-12 education.
  • Only 27 states allow students to count computer science courses toward high school graduation.
  • There are currently 604,689 open computing jobs nationwide.
  • Last year, only 38,175 computer science students graduated into the workforce.
  • Only 1 in 4 schools teach computer programming.
  • 9 out of 10 parents want their children to learn computer science.
  • Computer science drives innovation throughout the US economy, but it remains marginalized throughout K-12 education.
  • Every 21st century child should have the opportunity to learn about algorithms, how to make an app, or how the Internet works…just like they learn about photosynthesis, the digestive system, or electricity.
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Learn to say hello in many languages!

Learn to say hello in other languages:


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Research Sites for Braille and Keller



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If you have invented something and would like the world to know about it, submit a video of it to the website listed below!  You have the chance to appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon!!!  Get started now – the video is due by August 21st!!!

Good luck!!!

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I can’t believe it is almost time to begin another school year! In case you have not heard, I will be serving in two schools this year! I will be at Montevallo Elementary on Monday through Wednesday and at Vincent Elementary on Thursday and Friday! It is going to be a busy – and fun – school year!!! I am looking forward to seeing all my previous students and meeting my new ones!!!
~Mrs. T.


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Remember to be at the school no later than 5:00 Monday morning (April 27th)!  Park at football field if you plan to leave your car.  This is going to be a great trip!

If you have not submitted your final payment, please do so immediately!

Thank you!

Can’t wait!!

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Give One, Get One

Thank you so much to everyone who has sent in donations for the first annual Give One Get One event sponsored by NEHS and GRC of MES!  Please remember to stop by the school library from 3:30 until 5:00 to pick out free clothes!!!

If you have a student helping with the event, please plan to pick them up in the car rider line at 5:30!

Thank you again for your participation!


Paula Tolbert

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