Service Learning in the Lower School

Service to others is emphasized as Lower School students are actively involved in engagement with the community. Each grade level works with one non-profit partner throughout the year and undertakes a series of projects designed for children to understand the importance of helping others in a very hands-on, age-appropriate way. As Lower School faculty strive to incorporate service learning at all grade levels, the goal is to let them see early on that they have the capacity to make a difference for someone else.

Lower School Community Programs Include:

Stone Soup
All Lower School students take part in this school-wide program to battle hunger in the greater Richmond community by collecting canned goods for FeedMore and preparing bag lunches for homeless individuals through the Salvation Army
 
Children's Hospital
Students participate in a drive for Children’s Hospital, focusing on the lessons around how to help others when they are sick.
 
Ton of Coins
Students in every Lower School grade participate in this annual Collegiate school-wide tradition of collecting coins, bringing them to school on Halloween and then pouring them into an old bath tub on the Upper School campus. This collection raises funds for a scholarship at Collegiate, and Lower School students are encouraged to help support the school so that a Collegiate education can be an option for every student.

Non-Profit Partnerships Include:

Each grade’s service partnership is different and connects with their curriculum in different ways.

Kindergarten
William Byrd Center

First Grade
SPCA

Second Grade
Rainforest Relief

Third Grade
Full Circle Grief Center

Fourth Grade
St Andrews School