The service learning programs at Grace Episcopal Day School challenge students to connect with people in the broader community, to grow as empathic human beings, and to appreciate the gifts they have received. By being generous with their strength and time, and by being kind and respectful toward others, students grow spiritually and gain leadership ability, self-confidence, and poise.
Examples of Service Learning:
Most of our service learning is spearheaded by our Student Council, which is made up of officers from Grades 4 and Grade 5 and rotating representatives from Grades 2 through 5. Past projects have supported the Make a Wish Foundation, A Wider Circle, and The Heifer Project. Every year we do several food drives to support Manna Food, the Montgomery County Food Bank.
Grace Episcopal Church Homeless Ministry and Martha’s Table
Every month of the school year, one classroom takes responsibility for collecting items for Martha's Table that the Homeless Ministry of Grace Episcopal Church distributes. As children watch the food items accumulate in their classroom, they feel a sense of ownership and joy in providing for the ministry.
These are only a few examples of the way we learn through service to our community both within the walls of our school and beyond them.