Community Service

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.

Community-Wide Service Projects

  • Thanksgiving Food Drive in conjunction with Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington
  • Winter Essentials Drive in conjunction with Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington
  • Fundraising to benefit the efforts of Episcopal Relief & Development

Grade Specific Projects

  • Grade 1 - Animals
    Partnered with The Humane Society of the United States
  • Grade 2 - Conservation
    Partnered with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to investigate, educate, and improve the Chesapeake Bay watershed, its plants and animals
  • Grade 3 and Nursery - Seniors
    Partnered with Brighton Gardens to visit, entertain, and engage the elderly
  • Grade 4 and Transition - "Stewards of the School"
    Partnered with the WES Facilities Department to improve the WES community through recycling, gardening, and other campus-wide activities
  • Grade 5 and Kindergarten - Military Outreach
    Partnered with Soldiers' Angels to support deployed soldiers and military dogs
  • Grade 6 - Animals
    Partnered with the Southwest Wildlife Foundation in Utah and supports Grade 1 with their grade-specific project
  • Grades 7 & 8 - Conservation
    Clean up Little Falls Parkway, Capital Crescent Trail, and other selected areas within the Chesapeake Bay watershed and supports Grade 2 with their grade-specific project

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.


“When you’ve helped someone, it’s very worthwhile, knowing that you’ve done something good and made someone smile.”

Class of 2016

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