Lower School science teachers design lessons that illustrate the need to protect the world’s rainforests and its animals; “Toucan Treats” are made by students and raised funds are donated to support research and other funding for rainforest conservation.
Collegiate 5th Graders begin Into the Waters, their exploration of water, in the fall by reading A Long Walk to Water, through which they learn about one of the "Lost Boys" of Sudan — Salva Dut — who now gives back to his homeland of South Sudan by building wells. They also raise funds to build a well in South Sudan.
The students continue learning about the importance of water by exploring the James River in their history classes. They finish their studies with discoveries about the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome and how water was essential for their survival. This includes a study of how the Olympics began in Ancient Greece — which serves as the launchpad for the spring grade-level Water Olympics that features events requiring collaboration, creativity and science.
Freshman Community Engagement and English 9 expose students to needs in Richmond by engaging in service through a wide range of community organizations. In-class pre- and post-reflection activates student “voices,” ownership and personal agency while furthering understanding of Richmond and responsible citizenship.