Community service and service-learning are integral components of every GDS student's education. Through involvement in the program, students are encouraged to become active community members working to improve the lives of others. By participating in service projects throughout their school careers, students enhance their capacities for compassion and empathy, establish a lifelong commitment to personal altruism, and form a civic awareness that leads them to search for social justice and to work for social change.
Service-learning provides a link between the classroom and the outside world that brings greater relevance and meaning to both. In addition to reinforcing academic skills, participation in the program enables students to become socially adept in ways that will prove vitally important throughout their school careers and beyond. The real-life situations that students encounter help them learn decision-making skills, gain self-reliance and develop the ability to act responsibly. GDS students gain an invaluable education in navigating an increasingly multicultural, interdependent world.
The PK–12 Georgetown Day School Service-Learning Program provide a continuum designed to move students from an understanding of the meaning of service and altruism to and increasingly sophisticated understanding of significant social and environmental issues. In building this foundation of service, students come into contact with a variety of communities and cultures that may differ from their own and gain a better sense of where they themselves fit in the larger community.
Service-learning exemplifies experiential education. Students connect what they learn in the classes to their work in the community and then bring that knowledge back into the classroom. Once provided with these tools, students leave GDS equipped to work for equity and social justice.
Service is fundamental to the school’s mission; the PK–12 program embodies the principals and values on which the school was founded.
• Respect for the integrity, worth, and diversity of others
• The embrace of intellectual, creative, and physical challenges
• Strength of character
• Concern for others
• Self-reliance, curiosity, and imagination
• Social justice
• Citizens of the world
Holiday Community Service Opportunities
|LMS Pie Bakes!|
This Thanksgiving tradition starts the holiday for many of us! LS families make pies at home over the weekend and MS students and parents spend a few hours on Sunday afternoon assembling pies at school. All of the pies go to DC Central Kitchen for a Thanksgiving feast organized by CCNV. In recent years, GDS has typically contributed more than 200 pies.
- LS Pie Bake
November 20 & 21
On Friday, November 19, we'll send home pie pans with all LS students.
On Monday, November 22, we'll collect your baked pies at morning carpool.
- MS Pie Bake
Sunday, November 21, 1:30–3:30 PM @ LMS
Join us for this wonderful MS event: we roll out the dough, peel and slice the apples, and assemble the pies that are then taken home for baking.
Holiday Coat Drive—Help Keep Others Warm This Winter!
Monday, November 22–Friday, December 3
What could be easier? Bring your gently used outgrown coats and jackets (fleeces, and vests are welcome, too—any size, from little kid through adult) along with pies and we’ll accept both at Monday’s carpool! Warm winter outerwear can be left in collection boxes at the LMS and HS through Friday, December 3. Your community service team will get them to kids who need them. Questions? Contact Sue Cohn or Jessica Gladstone.
December Gift-Giving Project Due Date
Tuesday, December 14
Again this year our holiday gift-giving project will be coordinated with Kidpower DC, a wonderful community youth organization that works with more than 200 kids from six different local elementary and middle schools. GDS families can brighten the holidays for these kids and their families by sponsoring a Kidpower family and providing a gift for each member of the family. To participate in this gift-giving project, or for more information, please contact Contact Sue Cohn or Jessica Gladstone.
E-mail the Community Service Coordinators
Favorite LMS Community Service Projects
|Holiday Gift-Giving Projects|
The GDS community provided holiday gifts for approximately 190 people—Kid Power DC kids and their families. Also included was a large bag of hats, gloves, scarves, etc.
|Thanksgiving Pie Bake|
All GDS families are invited to bake a pie at home with family and friends. Bake with your family or invite some of your children's friends for a fun and meaningful pie-baking play date! Many (clean) hands mean more pies.
More than 200 coats, vests, fleeces and jackets were collected in November for donation to Navajo partner schools in Arizona and Raymond Elementary, a DC public school.
|Halloween Costume Drive|
Used Halloween costumes collected in October outfitted about 50 Kid Power kids for trick-or-treating. GDS high school students and faculty provide weekly tutoring, an arts program, and a program on social justice for kids enrolled in this wonderful local youth organization.
The GDS community (students, parents, teachers and younger siblings) spend a couple of hours in the fields on a fall weekend picking produce. The vegetables are taken to the National Capital Food Bank and local food kitchens to feed hungry residents of the DC area.
|Updated Service Guidelines|
Effective beginning September 1, 2013. Please use this information to determine if your chosen activitiy fits the GDS requirements for service.
|Updated Reflection Form|
Effective for the 2013-2014 school year, complete this form and one of the four reflection options offered on it.
|Updated Pre-Service Agreement|
Effective for the 2013-2014 school year, you must complete this form BEFORE beginning your service. Otherwise you may not receive credit.
|Updated Post-Service Form|
Effective for the 2013-2014 school year, please complete this form once you've finished your service.
Complete this form BEFORE you begin your service. If you do not complete this form, you may not be able to get credit for your work.
|Service Time Sheet|
The organization you're working with doesn't have a clear way of documenting when you're there and when you're not? No problem! Use this timesheet to document your hours and get it signed by your supervisor once you're done.