Service to others is an integral part of our identity as an Episcopal school. Outreach activities at WES spring from the interests, enthusiasm, and commitment of our students, classroom teachers, administration, and parent community. “To be ever mindful of the needs of others,” the closing of a familiar blessing from the Book of Common Prayer, is the guiding spirit of the mission and life of Washington Episcopal School.
The Community Service program at WES includes both grade-specific and community-wide service projects. Primary, Elementary, and Middle School grades incorporate several community service projects into their annual curricula. In addition, students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 are required to complete 5 hours of extracurricular community service each year. Early Childhood classes fully participate in the school's Community Service program as well.
Some of our community service partners include Brighton Gardens, Martha's Table, Montgomery County (Adopt-a-Road Program), Rosemount Center, the Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and the Southwest Wildlife Foundation.
New this school year are three themes to focus our service opportunities. In the fall, students will learn more about "Hunger" in our area and participate in food drives for Martha's Table. In the winter term, "Homelessness" will be our focus and students will have the opportunity to work with an organization helping refugees relocating to this area. In our final term, the Spring, students will help raise funds and awareness for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation by participating in a "Wish Week" and the "Walk for Wishes" on the National Mall.
Middle School Community Service Hours
To accomplish the additional 5 hours per year community service requirement, Middle School students may elect to work with personally-selected organizations or participate in extracurricular opportunities provided by WES.