Saint Mary's community service program is designed to provide students with opportunities to serve others and by so doing enrich the lives not only of those they serve, but also their own lives.
As an Episcopal school, Saint Mary’s School seeks to give students concrete ways to respect the dignity and worth of all. One of the ways we demonstrate this commitment is through community service. Throughout her time at Saint Mary’s, students participate in service-learning through the grade-level social impact tracks of our Seminar Program and schoolwide Martin Luther King Day, Jr. of Service.
Saint Mary's has relationships with organizations where we volunteer regularly as a school; however, students may also volunteer at other locations locally and globally based on individual interests. These individual projects are completed in consultation with the director of community service. Saint Mary's requires 9th grade students to complete 20 community-service hours between the end of their 8th grade year and the end of April of their 9th grade year. Students may complete their service requirement by pursuing independent service activities over the summer or during the school year. Saint Mary's schedules community service activities every Saturday morning as part of the school's weekly weekend activities.
Saint Mary's is also a certifying organization for the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Students of any grade level who serve and submit the designated amount of service hours from May 1-April 30 will receive the award. Participation is open to all American citizens. Saint Mary’s offers an equivalent, in-house award for any non-citizens who otherwise meet all program requirements.
Organizations with which Saint Mary's School students regularly volunteer include:
- Keep North Carolina Beautiful
- The Green Chair Project
- Saint Mary’s School Community Garden
Hunger and Homelessness
- Habitat for Humanity
- Interfaith Food Shuttle
- Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina
- Raleigh Rescue Mission
- Teens to Teens
- Wake Relief
- 10th-grade immersion experience with Raleigh Youth Mission
- Spring break service-learning trip to Ethiopia
Women and Children
- Jingle Bell Run (December, benefiting juvenile arthritis)
- Note in the Pocket
- The Miracle League of the Triangle