St. Mary’s Episcopal School recognizes the importance of allowing children the opportunity to grow in areas of giving and concern for others, as well as the opportunity to know that they can be a part of improving the lives of others. Recognizing the importance of following Jesus' commandment to love thy neighbor as thyself is represented through acts of giving and love.
Community outreach and helping others is a hallmark of St. Mary’s. Kindergarten through 5th-grade students embrace a variety of service projects throughout the school year. The students and staff of St. Mary’s are committed to going beyond volunteerism to include service learning in the classroom.
Our goal is to help lay the foundation for learning civic participation skills and instilling in the students an understanding of the nature and importance of responsible citizenship that will last a lifetime. Through community outreach programs and civic participation, our students will learn that helping others is fun and can make a difference in the lives of others as well as their own.
When appropriate, our service learning projects include a hands-on component where students either hand-deliver items, or take an active part in service.
2019-2020 Service Learning Projects include:
- Diaper & baby item drive for Angels Foster Family Network
- Dog & cat food drive for Free to Live Animal Shelter
- Bake Sale Bingo to raise funds for the Juvenile Justice Center
- Valentine's Cards and a visit to Touchmark Care Home
- Toys for Tots
- 5th Grade Prayer Blanket Ministry and quarterly service project (5th-grade students are given the opportunity to choose their own service projects)