COMMUNITY SERVICE AT EAGLE HILL SCHOOL
Since the inception of Eagle Hill School, community service has been a regular component of our program. In classrooms, afternoon and after-school activities, our students learn about the challenges facing our neighbors, both locally and around the world. Through our clubs, such as Sweet Readers or the Student Council, or just as a sideline to a regular school week, projects are conceived and carried out by the students, with the guidance and support of our faculty and administrators.
Within the last couple of years, the students have organized bake sales for disaster relief in Nepal and for clear-water wells in Africa, visited with seniors with Alzheimer's in the Sweet Readers program, helped socialize puppies and participated in a Math-a-thon for St. Jude's, during which more than $26,000 was raised for research and support for childhood cancer.
Please click on one of the tabs above to learn more about some of our major community service projects.
(L to R) Students and faculty advisors participate in the Inspirica Soup Kitchen, the Carnation Sale, and the Adopt a Dog program.
Eagle Hill's partnership with Adopt-A-Dog, a local shelter seeking to save, socialize and secure loving homes for unwanted or abandoned dogs, provides an opportunity for students to visit the shelter and see some of the 25-30 dogs up for adoption. These monthly visits allow Eagle Hill students to have playtime with the dogs and the dogs get to socialize with children, while our students learn about the responsibilities of owning a pet and how to keep animals out of shelters.
Students hold a monthly fundraiser for one of the adoptable dogs, and the pup comes for an on-campus visit with shelter staff.
The funds raised provide food, blankets, toys and more for the dog while in the shelter.
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR
Some of our local community organizations would have trouble existing without the help of volunteers. For many years now, Eagle Hill has partnered with Neighbor to Neighbor in Greenwich (www.ntngreenwich.org) to help with a number of their activities, and to provide our students with an opportunity to learn new skills and share their time in a meaningful way.
As with all community service projects, the students are guided and accompanied by our experienced faculty and administrators. Some of the projects that run each year include:
- The Birthday Bag Project: A school-wide activity, our students collect all of the materials needed to prepare a birthday cake for children who otherwise wouldn't have one - including candles!
- Coat and Food Drive: As part of major events such as Sunday Supper & Bingo, for which there is no additional fee, our families are encouraged to bring a used item of clothing or food items that will be donated to Neighbor to Neighbor.
- Volunteering at the Food Pantry: Each week, the students travel to the Greenwich location to help sort food items, stock shelves, and assist clients with their shopping.
“Sweet Readers is a growing community of young people who are changing the face of Alzheimer’s as they open their hearts and minds to help those in need.” www.sweetreaders.org
Sweet Readers is a growing community of young people who are making a difference in the lives of older adults who are suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. Students are personally selected by senior school administrators for their empathy and patience, visit a local retirement home once a week for an hour to visit with older adults.
Under the guidance of our experienced faculty, and the administrators at the home, they engage in creative and stimulating programs in language and the arts. The elders are carefully matched with the students to ensure that the experience is a positive one.
For the students, Sweet Readers has become a time for them to put the needs of others first, and to learn how to listen and understand in a different way. The program has become a treasured activity for our students, and they are honored to be selected.
With support and encouragement from the faculty, the students often seek out opportunities to support local and global organizations that need assistance. Recent tragedies like the one in Nepal or a project new to the students, such as Wells-for-Wellbeing (managed by EHS alumnus Kyle Kim-E, on right in photo) inspire the students to share their resources. Fundraising drives, flower or bake sales, and other ideas occur throughout the year.