Marin Primary & Middle School students, families, and faculty are actively involved in experiences that foster growth and deepen understanding of all kinds – academic, social, and emotional. The MP&MS community service program is one of the tools used to integrate the school’s mission into the life of our students as we strengthen the qualities of respect, compassion, and responsibility for others and inspire children to make a difference in the world.
In preschool the focus is on the basics of kindness, what it means to share, and how to help others. From the fundamentals of sharing toys and space to understanding responsibility in our larger community, caring for others is our focus in the preschool. To help young children see service in action, they bring books or add pennies to collection jars to donate to the FLAGship preschool bus program and go on field trips to local agencies like the Marin Humane Society or Wildcare.
Community service in the primary school combines the principles of experiential learning, the development of an understanding of others beyond the self, and the importance of service to the community. Community service opportunities have included projects within the school, such as reading to younger students or collecting the school’s food scraps for our garden (a fourth grade learning and service program) trips outside of school to visit a senior center, and participation in schoolwide service projects such as collections for the Food Bank and the Marin Literacy Program’s FLAGship bus.
In the middle school, students participate in grade-specific projects, usually linked to topics in the curriculum, and a range of activities that expose them to important issues they can address in a meaningful way as well as middle school-wide projects such as Coastal Cleanup. Each middle school student is required to fulfill a specific number of community service hours. School-related service includes peer tutoring, student council, or volunteering in our preschool or After School program. Non-school related service might include participation in an environmental project, a local food bank, a clothing drive, animal rescue support, or other activities with groups that support similar programs.