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 7 and 8 are required to complete 10 hours of extracurricular community service each year. Early Childhood classes fully participate in the school's Community Service program as well. Each year, Early Childhood grades are partnered with upper grades and the matched grades collaborate in completing specific service projects.
Some of our community service partners include Brighton Gardens, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Heifer International, The Humane Society of the United States, Montgomery County (Adopt-a-Road Program), Rosemount Center, Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, Soldiers' Angels, and Southwest Wildlife Foundation.
New this past school year is the "Helping Hands" group which provides community outreach leadership opportunities for Middle Schoolers. This initiative grew out of the school's Service Leadership Committee with the vision and dedication of a WES parent. Two successful projects, collecting outerwear for a winter coat drive in January and sponsoring and serving breakfast at the Church of the Epiphany in DC, paved the way for future meaningful outreach endeavors.
Middle School Community Service Hours
To accomplish the additional 10 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.