I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver. —Maya Angelou
EACH GRADE SCHOOL class undertakes at least one community service project during the year. We are committed to getting our classes out into the community to do good work for other organizations because such work opens children to new experiences, makes learning meaningful, creates bonds of friendship, and builds self-confidence.
Projects are chosen each year to align with the curriculum as well as to challenge the growing abilities of the students. Children in Grades 1–3, for example, might launch a beach clean up day or a visit to a retirement home to sing for the residents. Fourth graders study the animal world, so they might spend an afternoon helping to care for the residents of a local animal shelter. Similarly, since 5th graders study botany, they often pitch in at a local community garden, such as the recent planting of the Children’s Garden at Merryspring Nature Center.
In the Middle School, students take on more complex projects, often linking the work with their studies to create service learning projects, such as our partnership with the Aldermere’s Farm Hands program. Also, take a look at our gallery of photos from this new program.