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. The Primary, Elementary, and Middle School divisions incorporate several community service projects into their classroom calendars each year. 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.
WES students, in addition to participating in extracurricular service projects, have the option to join WES community members in our “First Friday” program. On the First Friday of the month (October through April) WES hosts a wide variety of service offerings. These activities will generally run from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Friday afternoons. Activities are organized by WES parents and staff and change on a monthly basis. Students are invited to sign up to the service opportunity of their choosing prior to the “First” Friday. Examples of First Friday opportunities include recycling markers through the Crayola ColorCycle program, assembling toiletry bags for homeless shelters, designing “Kindness Rocks,” travelling to the Sunrise Village Center to read to the elderly, working with students at the Rosemount Center, cleaning up Little Falls Parkway, and creating cat toys and blankets for distribution at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Annual school wide service projects include the canned food drive benefitting Martha’s Table, and a Coat Drive benefitting the Church of the Epiphany.
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.