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Monthly Activities


Others First Lunch/After School Activities

Knit-A-Square Project for Africa, Wednesdays (10/18, 11/8, 12/6, 1/10, 2/21, 3/14, 4/11, and 5/2), 3:30-5pm, Room 33 (Ms. Hodder's room)


Others First Receives the William Penn Mott, Jr. Environmental Award!

Congratulations to Others First for receiving the William Penn Mott, Jr. Environmental Award! We received this because so many of you participate in Others First. Please continue your support by signing up for activities online now!

Read about it in the Orinda News!

Learn more about William Penn Mott and his dedication to California State Parks.

"OIS Others First - we would not be able to man the stations without the help of the amazing WR Alums!"

— Alissa Lille, Wagner Ranch Round Up

Online Sign Up!

We are blessed with so much; let's give back a little and help others in our community! Sign up for any or all of the following activities.

By using SignUp Genius we will no longer be sending out confirmation emails. If you sign up, we expect that you will mark your calendar and honor your commitment. The system will send out a reminder email 2-3 days before the activity to the email address you used to login with SignUp Genius. If something comes up where you cannot go, it is your responsibility to remove your name from SignUp Genius as soon as possible to free up spots for others and for us to plan accordingly. If you are canceling or adding within 24 hours of the activity, please contact Kathryn Ishizu directly. The number of spots available is a little generous to make sure we have enough. We will contact you if we need to wait list anyone. The sign ups are time/date stamped; it will be first come first serve but with first priority to anyone wait listed previously or with parents chaperoning. Please refer to the descriptions below for drop off and pick up instructions. 

If you sign up for an Others First Activity through Sign Up Genius, you do not have to fill out an Independent Activity Form.

September Activities Click here to sign up


Olive Festival Set Up, September 30

Join the “Friends of the Wagner Ranch Nature Area” preparing for the annual Olive Festival! Help set up craft areas, activities, and food booths. Two shifts available. Drop off and pick up at Wagner Ranch Nature Area.


October Activities - Click here to sign up


Olive Festival, October 1

Join us and be part of the Olive Festival. Participants will prepare and enjoy foods made with olives, make crafts with olive branches, learn more about olive trees and how to care for them, and listen to live music. Volunteers will help make all this happen! Two shifts available. Drop off and pick up at Wagner Ranch Nature Area.


Glide Memorial Church - Bag Lunch Prep, October 7 and October 28

Join us at Glide Memorial to help prepare bag lunches. Please wear long pants and closed toe shoes. Meet at Orinda Bart at 7:45 a.m. (8:05 a.m. train). Pick up same location at 11:45 a.m. 


Orinda Cares, October 15 

Orinda Union School District has joined together with Miramonte High School, the City of Orinda, and the nonprofit organization Mindful Littles to help student victims of Hurricane Harvey. This collaborative initiative, called #OrindaCares: Helping Hands for Houston, is working toward collecting funds to provide 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies for students in the Houston Independent School District. Sydney Paige, a local business that sells backpacks using the buy - one, donate - one model, will sell backpacks filled with school supplies to us at cost, $31.75 per backpack.  In addition, Orinda USD and Miramonte students will be provided with opportunities to engage in hands-on activities such as making kindness cards or friendship rocks for their peers in Houston. An Orinda community-wide backpack assembly party will be held on Sunday, October 15th, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Orinda Community Center. For more information and to make your donation, click here.


Del Rey BooFest, October 21

Calling all Del Rey alumni and Boo Fest fans! Volunteers help with activity booths.Please use Del Rey’s SignUp Genius, and only sign up in the slots designated for OIS students. 


Glorietta Fun Fest, October 22  **Note New Date**

Calling all OIS students who are eager to work and show their volunteer spirit at the Glorietta Fun Fest! Sign up to help with games, booths, and food sales. This is especially fun if you are a Gopher alum. Two shifts available. 


Creepy Hollow at Sleepy Hollow Set-Up, October 27 

Join the fun at Sleepy Hollow’s Pumpkin Patch. Volunteers will assist in setting up.


Creepy Hollow at Sleepy Hollow, October 28 

Join the fun at Sleepy Hollow’s Pumpkin Patch. Volunteers will assist in game and activity booths.

Lunchtime/After School Activities - No Advance Sign-ups needed!


Knit-A-Square Project for Africa, Wednesdays (10/18, 11/8, 12/6, 1/10, 2/21, 3/14, 4/11, and 5/2), 3:30-5pm, Room 33 (Ms. Hodder's room)
Come join us on the Wednesday dates listed above after school in room 33 for a special knitting project. Students will be making 8' x 8' squares that will be sent to Africa and turned into blankets for abandoned orphans. Don't know how to knit? It's easy. Mrs. Hodder and her helpers will show you the basics. This project will be on going throughout the year. We welcome parents to join us. No knitting experience necessary.

Participating this month? Thank you!

Please Note:

  • An annual permission form must be on file for each student volunteer (included in on-line registration).
  • Please ensure the student has no conflict with the times or dates of the activities checked below.
  • Make every effort to honor the commitments signed up for as the community organizations rely on our ability to show up, be on time and fulfill the commitments.
  • Because of the large number of students signing up for activities, your student might not get the activity(ies) he/she has signed up for.
  • Students whose parents can drive will be given first priority!
  • We will contact you if we need to waitlist anyone.