Montessori School of Columbia Service Learning

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Caring for others is important, so at MSC, students at every age level engage in service learning opportunities that enable them to care for their fellow humans, for animals, and for the environment. The projects may change from year to year, but the message is always the same—time and effort spent in service to others is rewarding not only for the recipient and but also for the giver and such projects are a great preparation for life.Preschool students build on the sewing skills they practice in the classroom by making quilts for young patients at Palmetto Richland Children’s Hospital.

Lower elementary students often hold bake sales in response to such natural disasters as earthquakes and tsunami, gather wish-list items for local animal shelters, or collect non-perishable goods for Harvest Hope food bank.

Upper elementary students research volunteer opportunities with local charitable organizations and vote on the projects they will undertake. For many years the upper elementary students have created their own crafts for an annual sale in December. Items include jewelry, sock puppets, purses, gift tags, games, toys, pillows, gingerbread houses, and wreaths in addition to soups and baked goods.

The students have donated the proceeds from these sales to organizations they have researched and agreed upon, including the Children’s Garden, Carlo, and Amman Imman.