Service Learning Club
The Service Learning Club was launched in September 2013. It was comprised of 14 third graders and four fourth graders. The group completed many hands-on projects that they shared with the RCS community, such as holiday cookie gift bags for faculty and staff, planting pansies on campus, planting an herb garden for our kitchen, cleaning up trash at Endor Park and Riverdale Park, as well as supporting other organizations such as the Elmsford Animal Hospital, the Hebrew Home for the Aged, New York Common Pantry, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, and Meals on Wheels. We completed the year with an assembly highlighting all of our efforts.
As a school, we are looking for opportunities to partner with a community organization or organizations that address the issues that we have identified as important to support, i.e. education, poverty, hunger, homelessness, the elderly, health issues, animals, and the environment. Working with the Middle and Upper School divisions, we will support these organizations as a community, addressing issues in different ways on different grade levels. We are looking forward to implementing this new, more expanded and targeted way of working on service learning. We will continue to enjoy our existing partnerships with PS/MS 279, The Abbott House, and Children's Village.
Collaboration Around Service
Fifth graders lead the Lower School's charitable efforts, researching organizations that can benefit from the students' work.