“We visited St. Vincent De Paul to organize clothes and toys, together, we got done in two hours what would usually take two weeks, it felt really good to help out,” says Sidener Academy for High Ability Students 6th grader, William S.

On Friday, December 5, Sidener Academy for High Ability Students partnered with the Joseph Maley Foundation to honor the United Nation’s International Volunteer Day. Sidener sent 380 students, 25 staff, and 17 parents out into the Indianapolis community to give back and help others. After three years of coordinating the service projects, the Joseph Maley Foundation stepped forward after last year’s service day to help with coordination and placement of all of the groups. 


“At Sheltering Wings, a women’s shelter, we cleaned the bathrooms, and organized the children’s playroom,” says 6th grader Jose L. “It felt really amazing seeing the smiles on thewomen’s and children’s faces, I know we did a good deed.


Another notable event from the day was the Repertoire Orchestra of Sidener Academy for High Ability Students went to Keystone at the Crossing to perform in the mall. The students say a mall patron walked by and heard their performance. She remembered her son, who had passed away, and how his life was touched by music. She honored her son and purchased frozen yogurt gift cards for all of the students in the orchestra.


“Our students were touched by her generosity, because they were there to give to others and she turned around and gave to them,” says Sidener Academy for High Ability Students Principal Tennille Wallace. 


Students were provided with lesson in Philanthropy prior to the event by the Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana. Students presented their feedback in an all-school assembly on December 17 to discuss how the Volunteer Day impacted the lives of students.


We are proud of the service students at Sidener Academy for High Ability Students dedicated to the community. “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – John Bunyan