Specific grades engage in established community partnerships. For example, first graders, in partnership with upper school science students, raise and release shad into the Anacostia River. This project helps increase the shad population and is an example of the first grade’s exploration of life cycles as part of their science curriculum.
Lower school students also participate in numerous
service activities. In honor of Veterans Day, Halloween candy and handwritten letters are sent to troops abroad through Operation Gratitude. Each year during the winter holidays, a toy drive is held for Martha’s Table. At the Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Fair, an annual school-wide day of service, lower school students join their older peers to create light catchers for nursing home residents, prepare care packages, organize mancala games for Horizons, and more.