A Culture of Giving

a culture of giving























The spirit of Giving and Community extended well beyond the holiday season at The Phoenix Rising School. Along with Rainier Espresso, our school hosted the Thurston County Homeless Census taking place January 26th. The idea behind hosting a community supported event is to have some help on site with a hot meal, coffee and care packages for each survey participant. Children and Families who wished to participate filled over 40 care packages and made enough hot meals to serve 50 people. Rainier Espresso donated hot coffee. The idea was inspired by Jessica Caldwell, coordinator of the census, and Jenny Bossick, Phoenix Rising parent and board member.

Jenny shares her favorite experiences of the census at the Rainier food bank:

“The highlights of the event for me was to see how big the hearts are of our children are. One child told her Mom she wanted to use her allowance to purchase the items for the care package. Another was thoughtful about the pet care items and added cat food plus cat litter as well.”


Making meaningful connections between classroom learning and real-life applications is one of the key ingredients in the Phoenix Rising School learning model. Giving and Community Spirit is part of our school culture, not just something that happens around Christmas time!


Jenny shared another wonderful story, made possible by the generosity of our families:

“One family donated an envelope of $50 (plus change from the child) for a raffle prize. When the raffle was drawn an elderly lady who had no money for electricity was the recipient. It literally warmed her heart and mine that there were families who cared that much to help others.”
A big and warm Thank You to everyone who contributed to the census! We were happy to be a part of such a meaningful event!