In late November, the kindergarten students (and quite a few adults) were busy on the Bucknall campus picking pomegranates from the grounds and bushes in front of the building and the swimming pool to prevent the fallen fruit from becoming an eyesore and hazard. This campus beautification is part of their service project; they also participate in tree-planting each year. Each grade at Bucknall is assigned a service project, with the Gr. 5 food drive having ended just prior to Thanksgiving; the Gr. 4 toy drive started November 30 and runs through December 17. In January, the third graders will be responsible for collecting pajamas and books for needy children.
Other service projects include Gr. 2 students decorating and delivering pumpkins to the neighbors in October, and in March, Gr. 1 students collecting food and toys for animals for the SPCA. Many of these projects have been long-running; some, like the tree-planting, beginning with the move to the Bucknall site in 1998. The pomegranate picking project is new this year.