Service in Early Childhood School
From preschool to graduation, students participate in service learning projects to help them develop a sense of civic responsibility, a spirit of community, and a lifelong commitment to volunteerism.
Each year, preschool students participate in a service learning project to benefit a worthy cause. To help students form meaningful connections to the world, the project typically relates to a book or to a classroom topic. For example, The Kindergarners collect items for the Pulaski County Human Society each spring in conjunction with the 100th day of school.
Service in Lower School
PA’s Lower School students are active participants in service learning projects.
The first grade community service project centers around a local nursing home. Twice each year, first graders travel to a nursing home and perform a musical program that they learned at school for the winter holidays and Mother’s Day Tea. Students also make cards each holiday and send them to the residents of the nursing home.
The third grade has a wonderful opportunity not only to share their reading skills with others, but also to continually improve them. Several times throughout the school year, they visit ACCESS Schools and read to the preK and kindergarten children.
The fourth grade is participating in a “We Share Books Day,” a used book drive.
Service in Upper School
When Upper School students aren’t giving blood in support of the Red Cross or participating in a canned food drive on behalf of the Arkansas Food Bank, you can find them making Christmas stockings for the Salvation Army or taking trips to the Arkansas Rice Depot to pack food boxes and bag rice. Upper School students must complete the required community service component of their PA education in order to graduate. Those going above and beyond the minimum level of service may graduate with honors. However, service is not merely a graduation requirement for PA students, but it’s a learning experience and, more importantly, a way of life.