Service learning at Willow means tackling real world problems in the community in ways that help students grow intellectually, social-emotionally, and ethically. All of our service projects are meaningful because they are integrated into the academic and virtues curricula.
In first grade, service learning is connected to the yearlong study of community and examined through the virtue of Gratitude. As part of their study, students visit businesses and organizations in the area, as well as the non-profit organization Homeless Solutions, Inc., to explore an essential question: What are the roles and responsibilities of community members to those in need? The end-of-year project, Community in the Woods, showcases their learning and also serves as a fundraiser for Homeless Solutions.
Middle School Service Committees
Service learning develops as students move into Middle School. Here they take on greater responsibility in service of the school community through Middle School Service Committees. The goal is to foster students’ sense of leadership, deepen their understanding of the process for effecting change, and build the practical skills to accomplish it. Committees meet once every six-day rotation and are guided by a faculty sponsor.
Green Team Committee
Inspires younger children to protect and enjoy nature. Students identify environmental service opportunities around campus and in the larger community, while having fun and connecting to nature. Green Team committee members learn about the world around them and how to make a difference.
Celebrates and documents joyful, purposeful learning that occurs in Willow’s rich school culture. As they create and publish The Willow School Yearbook, students learn about photography, graphic design, publishing, and project management.
Willow Gazette Committee
Advances Willow’s commitment to the mastery of the English language. Committee members plan, design and execute a school-wide newsletter that highlights the school’s culture through art, articles, and photographs. Students develop interview, writing, editing, and design skills, as well as time management skills.
HWNC Experts Committee
Helps put our Health, Wellness & Nutrition Center, the only Living Building in New Jersey, to full use. HWNC experts study the building and the grounds surrounding it and develop plans to educate both The Willow School community and others on the beauty and benefits of this incredible structure.
More to Explore on Service Learning
Last year, fourth graders wrote letters to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy requesting that he ban plastic bags in the state. Grade 4 students also designed and sold reusable bags to raise money for 4Ocean, an organization dedicated to actively removing trash from the...
The Willow School’s Middle School Spanish language classes teamed up with United Way to collect gifts for local families whose circumstances make the holidays a struggle. Through the United Way’s Helping Hands program, our Spanish classes adopted four families for...