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On a recent Teacher Professional Development Day, WSD staff members gathered in the school’s cafeteria to assemble 500 Easter baskets for the Christian Center of Park City. They spent a half-day sorting and filling the baskets with self care items, small toys, pencils, and plastic eggs to be filled with candy – all materials provided by the Christian Center for its annual Easter Basket Outreach program. “It was a great experience for everyone involved,” observed Toni Hansen, WSD’s Professional Development Committee Chair. “And working alongside colleagues doing service allowed us to get to know each other in new ways.”

The idea of doing something for the community through a staff-wide service project was well received and aligned especially well with this year’s school theme, “No act of kindness is ever wasted” (Aesop). “We often give our students the message that there are many ways to show kindness, including helping out in the communities in which we live,” Toni reflected. “We were thrilled to work with an organization that is the model for community outreach and service.”

The Christian Center of Park City (CCOPC) serves as a humanitarian community resource center for Summit and Wasatch counties. Its goal is to help improve the lives of people and communities through helping them meet their immediate and basic needs, serving as a leading networker of community resources, offering counseling, and giving hope.