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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 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.


Community-Wide Service Projects

  • Thanksgiving Food Drive in conjunction with Martha's Table
  • Winter Essentials Drive in conjunction with Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington
  • Fundraising to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation (See list below for daily activities.)

Wish Week Activities for Grades 1-8

  • Monday, April 9 – Free Dress if you wear BLUE (color of the Make-A-Wish Foundation). Students without a Dragon Pass can give $1 to the cause collected on the Colonnade at arrival.
  • Tuesday, April 10 – Bake Sale.  Dragon Pass gets you $2 worth of baked goods.  No Dragon Pass?  No problem! Bake Sale items will be available for purchase during lunch.
  • Wednesday, April 11 – CAVA lunch! This is only for those with a Dragon Pass as pre-orders are required; no drop-ins today.  If your child gets WES hot lunch AND has a Dragon Pass, they may get both CAVA and WES hot lunch. If your child chooses not to eat his/her WES lunch, the hot lunch fee will be donated to Make-A-Wish.

  • Thursday, April 12 – For those who purchased a Dragon Pass, WES Wish Week t-shirts will be delivered to homeroom classes.  REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR SHIRT TO THE WALK ON SUNDAY!!

  • Friday, April 13 – Food, drinks and a movie  from 2:45–4:00 p.m. in the Middle School Commons for MS students and the Discovery Room for students in Grades 1-5. No Dragon Pass? No problem!  Students can pay $7 in the Middle School Commons at 2:45 p.m.

  • Sunday, April 15, from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. – Join the WES Team at 11:00 a.m. for the Make-A-Wish Walk (starts at noon) on the National Mall by registering HERE. WES Wish Walkers will meet at the REGISTRATION TENT

 Wish Week Activities for Grades NTK

  • Monday, April 9 – Wear BLUE today!  (Blue is the color of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.)

  • Wednesday, April 11 – Popsicle Party! No Dragon Pass? No problem!  Students can purchase a Popsicle for $1 during recess.

  • Thursday, April 12 – WES Wish Week t-shirts will be delivered to homeroom classes. No Dragon Pass? No problem! A limited quantity of shirts will be for sale in the Main Lobby during arrival for $10. REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR SHIRT TO THE WALK ON SUNDAY!!

  • Thursday, April 12, from 2:45-4:00 p.m. – Food, drinks and a movie in the Discovery Room with Ms. Haggerty and friends. No Dragon Pass? No problem! Students can pay $5 to attend.

  • Sunday, April 15, from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 pm. – Join the WES Team for the Make-A-Wish Walk on the National Mall by registering HERE. WES Wish Walkers will meet at the REGISTRATION TENT

Middle School Service Hours Form

Please use this form to log your extracurricular service hours.

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.


“Community Service makes us feel more connected to the world. We like the feeling we get when we help others.”

Amel and Lucy
Class of 2020

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