Middle School Community Service Programs
Founded in the Episcopal tradition, St. Paul’s School for Girls embraces service and outreach as a major component of its program. Our yearlong service projects provide a depth of understanding about local and global issues. We encourage the students to think outside of themselves and empower them to fuse creativity, empathy, and leadership skills to affect change.
The fifth grade service program focuses on the issue of hunger. Students engage in service learning initiatives on and off campus throughout the year, beginning with an introduction to the causes and effects of hunger in small group advisory discussions. The girls visit the Our Daily Bread soup kitchen in the fall and participate in the Classic Casserole Program by making and delivering meals six times during the school year. The casseroles are put together by the students during long advisory periods and are transported by the class parents. We appreciate the generosity of the Grade 5 parents who help make this outreach possible.
The sixth grade builds on the foundation laid in fifth grade and expands its focus to involve the concept of sustainability and food. Students work hand in hand with the SPSG greenhouse and community garden to grow herbs and flowering plants from seeds, paint and decorate flowerpots, and transfer the seedlings to create beautiful herb gardens for residents of the Sandtown neighborhood in Baltimore City. The pots are delivered to the members of the community just in time for Mother’s Day through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake. The relationship with Habitat also includes a visit from the Education Coordinator and an on-campus build activity, where the girls construct birdhouses, flowerboxes or other home goods to be donated to the Habitat Re-Store.
In addition, the grade visits Real Foods Farm, an urban garden run by the Civic Works program in Clifton Park, to learn about food deserts and volunteer their time to help improve food security in Baltimore City.
Grade 7 focuses on aging, healthcare, and giving back to the oldest and youngest members of the community. Through a strong partnership with the Pickersgill Retirement Home, students visit residents eight times during the school year. The girls build relationships by interviewing residents about their experiences, doing activities and crafts with them, and forming valuable bonds. The girls also seek opportunities to work with their younger counterparts at St. Paul’s Plus and The St. Paul’s Lower School throughout the year. The seventh grade experience promotes a lifelong love of learning as the girls spend time absorbing information from the Pickersgill residents and sharing their own wisdom with the young ones up and down the hill.
The eighth grade service program places an emphasis on healthcare with an eye toward community education and advocating for a cause. Students join the fight against cancer by partnering with the Maryland ConKerr Cancer Chapter and the local chapter of Project Linus to create pillowcases and blankets for children battling cancer. The girls’ work brightens hospital rooms and brings cheer to the inspiring young patients during their extended stays in the hospital. Each year the grade also rallies for a cause by organizing, advertising, and participating in a community event such as a 5K or fun run, a health fair, or a blood drive in conjunction with the Red Cross. As student leaders in the division, the eighth grade models the qualities of citizenship and stewardship as they inspire others to take action.