Service Learning & Community Service
Community service is a vital component of a Phoenix Country Day School education. By instilling a commitment to community service, we teach our students how they can use their talents and skills for the greater good. Through volunteering and other service learning experiences, our students develop an understanding of their global and local community, environmental awareness, compassion for others, and the personal benefits that result from helping others.
Lower School community service emphasizes activities that provide opportunities for giving and acquaint children with needs outside their day-to-day life. For example, Sharing Tree is an annual program where students bring a present requested by a child and the gifts are distributed by the Salvation Army with a homemade card attached.
Middle School community service provides students direct experience with those in need, opportunities to offer their time in work, and a chance to organize and participate in fundraising initiatives. Activities include visits to a shelter for homeless women and their children and park and river clean-ups.
Service learning is a fundamental element of student life in the Upper School. Students must complete ten hours of community service in each of their four years. Experience gained by activites such as initiating service efforts in the local community and participating in established efforts around the world helps students develop empathy and compassion for others, which will inform their personal and professional decisions throughout their lives.