Before departing for Thanksgiving Break, students, faculty, and staff spent the afternoon participating in service learning activities. Our kindergarteners, along with their eighth grade buddies, sorted and assembled 50 packages of food for Blessings in a Backpack. 400 decorated treat bags filled with cookies for So Others Might Eat were made by first and eighth grade buddies. Second and fifth graders made 38 centerpieces for the Thanksgiving meal at So Others Might Eat. 400 sandwiches were made by the third grade for So Others Might Eat. Fourth graders assembled 138 tuna noodle casserole kits and delivered them to Christ House and the sixth graders visited the Lee Center to learn about therapeutic recreation. The seventh grade sorted the 1,337 pairs of shoes that were collected for Art for Humanity and delivered them. Way to go Bobcats!
Afternoon of Service November 2014 from ACDS on Vimeo.
Congratulations to the cast and crew of “The One and Only Ivan” on two fantastic performances! The play was performed by the 5th & 6th grade drama class with sets and costumes by the 5th & 6th grade art class. Missed the show? Watch it here!
Whether volunteering for the Miracle League, collecting food for Blessings in a Backpack, or participating in numerous other activities, Alexandria Country Day School students have once again shown their outstanding commitment to community service. From their first days of kindergarten through eighth grade graduation, ACDS students learn the importance of being community minded citizens and take action through a robust service learning program. Since school began in September, ACDS students have led or actively participated in eight service projects:
- Students in grades 3 to 8 braved the pouring rain one afternoon to unload an 18-wheeler full of pumpkins for the Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill pumpkin sale, which benefits local, national, and global charities;
- Kindergarten students are collecting and creating food packages to be sent home in the backpacks of elementary school students on Friday afternoons through Blessings in a Backpack;
- The entire ACDS community is collecting loose change in order to bring a Stop Hunger Now food packaging event to ACDS in the spring. At this event, students and teachers will package 20,000 meals;
- Sixth graders learned about recreation for children with special needs and began volunteering with Alexandria’s Miracle League;
- Fourth graders are collecting ingredients and making tuna noodle casserole kits for Christ House in Old Town;
- Two teams of middle school students are helping elementary school children with homework through Casa Chirilagua twice-a-week after school;
- Second graders went trick-or-treating for UNICEF;
- For the third year in a row, the entire ACDS community is collecting gently used shoes that will be sent to Honduras through Art for Humanity with a goal of collecting 1,500 pairs.
Not to be left out, ACDS faculty, staff and parents have not only supported the students’ efforts, but demonstrated their own commitment to service by organizing and participating in a blood drive for INOVA Blood Donor Services.
“We are so proud of the work our students are doing for people in Alexandria and around the world,” said Scott Baytosh, Head of School. “They are truly living ACDS’s commitment to community and to preparing young people to have a positive impact on the world.”
In 1983, a group of visionary educators and committed parents who were dedicated to quality education and interested in providing an environment where children could develop their full potential began Alexandria Country Day School. Today, many of those founders were welcomed back to their school for a luncheon and it was great fun to hear their stories of the early days of ACDS. After spending time reconnecting with one another, the founders received an update on the School from Head of School, Scott Baytosh and were treated to a wonderful musical performance by the kindergarten class.