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What Advent is All About: 8th Grade Service Trip to A Wider Circle
Ms. Dodge, 7th & 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher and 8th Grade Advisor

On Friday, December 7th, the eighth graders participated in a day of service at A Wider Circle in Silver Spring. This organization works to provide house furnishings, such as furniture, mattresses, linens, children’s toys, and professional clothing for those in living poverty in the DC area. The building is comprised of a showroom with items available to individuals and families in addition to a warehouse which houses an incredible amount of donations. In a given day, A Wider Circle works to furnish twenty homes!

The eighth-grade students were given a variety of tasks to complete during their time at A Wider Circle. They were spread out in the showroom, the warehouse, and a room for crafting as well. One group of students sorted through donated children’s toys to decide which ones were acceptable to keep and others organized the toy section in the showroom upstairs.


Another group worked to sweep the showroom and warehouse space, while others wiped down donated artwork and frames.


Two more groups completed holiday crafts and organized linens. Some eighth graders were even called upon to do some heavy lifting and help carry televisions, tables, and other large items up from the warehouse and into the showroom.

The eighth-grade volunteers were so engaged through the whole day and were thrilled to help with any given task.

When it was time to leave, the students were able to see the impact they had made on the spaces. The warehouse areas were organized, the showroom was full of people ready to search for household items, and the spaces were clean and welcoming. Some students even watched as toys and furniture that they helped to clean and organize were chosen by happy customers. This day of service was a humbling experience for the eighth graders, especially during this Advent season. It was a perfect reminder of the true reason for the season. This special time of year calls for us to spread the joy of Christmas in our communities, and that is exactly what the eighth graders did!

For more information about this organization, visit