On April 26th, 7th graders visited Hope Services as part of outreach and service learning. They had initially planned to spend their time playing games with the Hope clients, or teaching them arts and craft. However, the Hope clients were working on the very specific job of removing labels off spice bottles, so the 7th graders decided to help them complete it. Following the visit, they had a reflection activity in Qur’an class, connecting their experience to lessons learned from Surah Luqman. Below are some excerpts:
Blessings by Sarah Abouelseoud
Allah (SWT) has blessed with a lot,
& it is my duty to teach what I have been taught,
So listen close & don’t be weary
Listen here to my story.
I went to Hope to help and play
But some things didn’t go our way.
So we ended up working with our new friends,
A hand we were willing to lend.
Some people we saw didn’t seem quite right,
But they turned out to be alright.
I’m thankful Allah gave me sight,
Or else, walking would be quite a fight.
I’m thankful Allah gave me a hand,
That is, of course, under my command.
But what I’m thankful for the most,
And I don’t mean to boast,
I got to go to Hope!
Read more student reflections Here