A Family’s Guide to Community Service

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If your child is attending a private school, he or she will likely be expected to participate in community service programs. Community service is arguably one of the most rewarding activities to do as a family. Spending time in service to others is fun, personally fulfilling, and teaches valuable lessons that build character—not to mention that community service helps others!

Organize a fundraiser.

Fundraisers are limitless in their versatility, and they’re a great way to bring together families from the college prep school. Your student can coordinate with other students to organize a bike ride, walk, or fun run to support a charitable organization. Other creative fundraiser ideas include:

  • Dance-a-thon
  • Recycling collection
  • Car wash
  • Crowdfunding
  • Cake sale
  • School-wide yard sale
  • Raffle

To host a raffle, students and their families can contact local businesses to request donated items for the raffle. To hold a school-wide yard sale, families can donate unneeded items and advertise the sale throughout the community.

Help the homeless.

There are countless ways to help the homeless in your community. Your family could organize a hygiene kit drive. Donated personal hygiene items can be assembled into gift baskets for delivery to the local shelter. Students can also host a shoe or coat drive.

Lend a hand to fight hunger.

Food pantries always need plenty of helping hands. Take the whole family to a local food pantry or regional food bank to spend a day sorting food for those in need.

Work with shelter animals.

Many shelter animals have been rescued from lives of neglect and abuse. They need lots of love and care, and shelter employees are often hard-pressed to give each animal the attention he or she deserves. Your family can volunteer to walk shelter dogs and cuddle with shelter cats.

Here at Orinda Academy, we take great pride in our school, students, and community. Our prep school in Orinda expects all of our students to complete 40 hours of community service prior to graduation, as we are firmly committed to compassionate, hands-on learning. If you have any questions about our curriculum or student life, you can call (925) 478-4504 to speak with a friendly staff member.