Community Service Projects
St. Andrew’s students develop compassion for those who are in need and practice stewardship of time, talent and treasures as they work to leave their world better than they found it. Such practices are important in their moral and spiritual development and become life long skills. Throughout the year, students participate in a number of community service projects. Some examples of these projects include:
- Thankful Thursday – An ongoing weekly gathering of canned goods in chapel each Thursday for distribution at an area Episcopal church serving the homeless and disadvantaged in downtown Newport News.
- Furry Friends Friday – A periodic collection of dog and cat food that is donated to the Peninsula SPCA.
- Thankful Tuesday – A record setting food drive, just prior to Thanksgiving, to support area food banks.
- Christmas Families – Each classroom adopts a family through Newport News Human Services, providing them with a holiday meal and gifts for all members of the family. Students perform odd jobs at home to raise money to buy the gifts.
Turkey Sandwich Day – Students participate with the members of St.Andrew’s Church to make 1200 turkey sandwiches and assemble 600 bagged lunches for distribution in the downtown community of Newport News.
- Valentines for the Troops – Students design their own Valentine Cards for troops serving in the Iraq or Afghanistan and include small gifts.
In addition, as the need arises, SAES students participate in other projects that support victims of natural disasters, or in the collection of clothing for residents of third world countries.