At FSW, we are committed to creating meaningful community service opportunities for students of all ages as part of our learning curriculum. Community service connects students with a sense of personal responsibility for others whether they are peers at school, people in their neighborhoods, or communities that need support anywhere in the world. It enriches the academic program by giving students real world experience with people and issues they might otherwise simply read or hear about. First hand knowledge increases understanding and leads to action, both of which are high priorities in a Friends school. In many cases, it gives students a chance to experience gratitude, sharing their gifts and good fortune with others.
Preschool students’ service work focuses on keeping their classroom environment clean and tidy. Younger elementary students stay on campus to work on landscaping projects, recycling, composting, and grounds clean up. Older elementary and middle school students rotate through a variety of service learning activities both on and off campus. Students may participate on school leadership teams, tend campus gardens, work on beach clean-up, tutor younger students, or work at the Good Shepherd Center, adult day care, or The Ability Garden at the Arboretum.
And in our annual International Service Learning and Language Immersion trip, 7th and 8th graders traveled to the Dominican Republic to work closely with the Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring (DREAM) Project.