The Lower School's service learning program introduces children to ways they can address the needs of their larger community. Students donate spare change for the Change for Changes program, make arts and crafts projects, and support drives to collect canned goods, toiletries, and gently-used books.
In third and fourth grade, students may take part in the after-school Service Learning Club, which meets once a week. Among the organizations served by the students are the Hebrew Home for the Aged, New York Common Pantry, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Yonkers Animal Shelter, and Meals on Wheels.
In fifth grade, students may join the Philanthropic Roundtable. They meet weekly and research charities that are focused on issues they chosen such as the elderly, poverty, the environment, and animal welfare. At the end of the year, they determine how to allocate the money collected for the Change for Changes fund. The Roundtable hosts two assemblies each year and takes related field trips.
Lower School Service Learning
From the beginning, children at Riverdale find ways to help others.