Service learning at ACDS is a thoughtful program of investigation, planning, action, and reflection that allows students and teachers to address authentic community needs while deepening their understanding of the world around them. Each grade chooses a theme for the year and begins with an “investigation” stage where they research community needs related to their theme. As they develop and implement their plans for action, the students share their learning with each other and the community at large. In addition to these thoughtful and comprehensive student-led projects, there is an all-school half-day of service in November and an all-school day of service in April, and we enjoy occasional opportunities for one-time community service projects as well. As a school community, we complete over 25 different service projects each year.
Eighth graders visit the Red Cross to learn about disaster preparedness and response.
First graders plant beans in our garden for a food bank.
Fourth graders package casserole kits for Christ House Food Pantry.
Kindergartners help package 20,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger.
Sixth graders make paracord bracelets for veterans.
Students help unload pumpkins for Immanuel Church on the Hill’s annual sale.
The entire school community packages 20,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now each year.
Third graders bake cookies for So Others Might Eat.