We start our program with the smallest of blocks and with the youngest of students. On the Lower Campus, from JPK through 4th grade, we teach our students about the word “philanthropy,” its Greek roots meaning “love of humanity”, and what that means to each age group. Our students understand the basic definition of philanthropy as the giving of time, talent and treasure for the common good, to make the world around them a better place. We impress upon our students that everyone, regardless of age, can be a philanthropist.
Focusing on the concept of philanthropy, supporting service activities bring the concept to life and provide meaning to our youngest students. These service activities also emphasize the importance of community partnership, working with others, for the common good. Further, with philanthropy and community partnership as underpinnings of the service learning program, we have a platform upon which to vertically integrate the service learning curriculum, one that grows in meaning and sophistication with each grade and one that bridges the Lower Campus to the Upper Campus.