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Community Involvement

Community Involvement

Giving Back to Our Community

Silver Oak is fortunate to have the support of a caring and involved community of parents, students and staff.  Here are some of the charitable activities organized by community members throughout the year.  Check the homepage for details of each activity as it takes place and take advantage of these opportunities to "give back". 


Literacy Is for Everyone (LIFE)

LIFE collects gently used preschool and elementary school aged books during the month of November. The books are distributed to local San Jose area underpriviledged children in our community through the Boys and Girls Club of America - Silicon Valley Chapter and to preschool children through the Head Start program. This program promotes literacy in the home and offers a better future for our children. --sponsored by Silver Oak Student Council


Second Harvest Food Bank

Each year, the Silver Oak community is proud to support the Second Harvest Food Bank, whose mission is to provide food for people in need in our community. In December of every year, Silver Oak brings in several Second Harvest Food Bank barrels which are placed throughout the school for families and students to place canned food donations. Additional information appears in the “Principally Speaking” newsletter as the donation drive time approaches.


Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is the trusted leader dedicated to ending local hunger. Since its inception in 1974, Second Harvest has become one of the largest food banks in the nation, providing food to an average of nearly one quarter of a million people each month. Nearly half of the food distributed is fresh produce. Second Harvest also plays a leading role in promoting federal nutrition programs and educating families on how to make healthier food choices.


Magazine Donation

In Fall 2011, 5th grader Sonia Thurkal collected magazines to donate to children and adults at Good Samaritan Hospital. 


Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

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This time honored Silver Oak tradition, “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” campaign began in 1999 as part of a fifth grade class project. This group of students learned how a Halloween night tradition that began in 1950 has helped support the world’s children. These ten year olds initiated Silver Oak’s first Halloween night fundraiser that year, collecting in small orange boxes and donating $650 in one night while gaining a better understanding of the challenges facing children around the world – clean water, nutrition, medicine, immunizations, and education.


Trick or Treat for UNICEF box.jpgSince then, Silver Oak’s “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” event has steadily grown from a one-classroom event to become a school-wide campaign. Each October, fifth grade students spread throughout first through sixth grade classrooms to increase awareness of the need to provide childhood vaccines, education, clean drinking water, and improved nutrition worldwide. The “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” initiative gives Silver Oak students an opportunity to learn about their peers worldwide who are truly in need and to raise money on their behalf as a global citizen.


The campaign provides motivational opportunities to develop research, leadership, and presentation skills and models effective roles for Trick or Treat for UNICEF bag.jpgyounger students. Over the years, Silver Oak students and their families have proudly donated $45,000 to UNICEF in coin, currency, and personal checks payable to UNICEF. Amazing!


In 2010, as part of UNICEF’s 60th anniversary, Silver Oak was showcased in a NBC Nightly News “Making a Difference” segment. This was the first time Evergreen School District had received national media recognition.  The story focused on our “Kids Helping Kids” campaign.


“Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” introduces students to the idea that they can make a difference.  Kids can help kids. Silver Oak students learn that being global citizens can help change the world.


Recycle Warm Coats and Blankets

Silver Oak PTO donates warm coats and blanket to less fortunate families in the San Jose area by giving them to Sacred Heart Community Services. Bins are placed near the Kindergarten wing and in the multipurpose room to collect these items from Silver Oak families. This is a perfect way to recycle gently used coats and blanket and make a difference for other families. This campaign runs from the end of October to November. 


Loving Hugs 

Student Council sponsored a charitable donation drive for Loving Hugs during the month of May 2012.  This donation drive provided children with stuffed animals “Hugs.” Children are from war-torn countries or disadvantaged families. They are living in the most difficult situations imaginable and deserve the best we can provide for them.  


Canine Companions for Independence

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Sixty students in Steve Reed and Bill Laraway’s fifth grade classes at Silver Oak Elementary School completed their third philanthropic project in May 2014. These students applied their successful Trick-or-Treat fort UNICEF experience by organizing and implementing an awareness and fundraising campaign to support Canine Companions for Independence (www.cci.org).


Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) is a nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. It’s the largest nonprofit provider of assistance dogs and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of their dogs and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people.


The students managed a successful two-week classroom Dollar Drive and Open House, collecting over $4,000. Using the new online “crowd funding” website Piggybackr.com, they have raised an additional $2,000 for the organization in hopes to fund the next graduating class in Santa Rosa.


Canine Companions is gratified to see Silver Oak students raise money with such enthusiasm and passion. The donations to Canine Companions will help provide highly trained assistance dogs (worth $50,000 each) free of charge to adults and children with disabilities and ongoing support for the duration of the partnership.  Kudos to the Silver Oak students.  They are making a valuable contribution to their community.

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Girl Scouts Organize Off-Campus Pickup







We are the Girl Scout Troop 60614.  We hope to have your support to help reduce pollution by reducing car idling and traffic in front of the school.  Car engines will produce harmful gasses in to the air, which will pollute Earth’s atmosphere.  Did you know that idling a car for two minutes uses as much gasoline as it takes to run one mile?  Too many cars in front of the school will increase the risk of an accident.  To lighten up the traffic problem, instead of picking up the students at the school entrances, the drivers could park at the areas shown below.  The reason we have chosen these destinations is because there are many parking spots, it is safe, and it is not too far from Silver Oak.  Kids will walk in their carpool group to the areas shown below.  Another suggestion is to have the drivers walk their kids to their cars.  Please support us to reduce pollution, save energy, and give kids exercise.  It’s good for you; it’s good for the earth.



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