The Philanthropic Roundtable is comprised of fifth grade students who have expressed an interest in acting as ambassadors to the whole Lower School community. We define philanthropy as giving of your time, talents and/or treasures. This definition empowers the students to think tangibly about how they can support others. The students learn to research organizations that focus on issues and needs of the immediate tri-state area as well as other areas of need in the world. The students subsequently allocate our Change for Changes funds in a way that is equitable. Each fall a new group of fifth graders leads these efforts. They make announcements, organize, and give updates about upcoming and ongoing drives we are engaged in. They meet weekly and research and connect with charities that are focused on issues they have identified such as the elderly, poverty, education, the environment and animals. Representatives from charities often join Roundtable meetings wherein the students ask intelligent questions and engage in thoughtful conversation and occasional debates about an issue. The Roundtable also hosts two assemblies each year and takes related field trips.
Collaboration Around Service
Fifth graders lead the Lower School's charitable efforts, researching organizations that can benefit from the students' work.