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Outreach at St. Mark's

Outreach projects at St. Mark’s Episcopal School encourage students to give of their time, talents and treasures. Grade-level outreach projects are organized by each grade’s teachers. All grade-level projects are either hands-on community service, or drives in which students donate items for a charity. We encourage our students to pursue opportunities that serve the community of Houston, Texas. .

Students engage in a variety of outreach projects throughout the year, including projects organized by grade-level, student council, National Junior Honor Society, or individual students.

 

Preschool 2s - Bird Feeders for the Campus Birds

The Preschool 2s classes create bird feeders for the birds on campus. Spreading peanut butter and honey on a bagel, the students then dip their feeders into birdseed and each take a turn hanging the bird feeders on several of the trees on campus. Even St. Mark’s youngest students are taught Christian values and learn the importance of giving to all of God’s creatures, big and small.

Preschool 3s - Water Conservation for Living Water International

Students in the Preschool 3s class complete a water conservation project. The project, held in April annually, begins with an explanation of the value of clean water. Our Preschool 3s learn the value of having access to clean water, and then students take home a small water jar, and are asked to put spare change in the jar each time they use water at night in their homes. The spare change is sent to Living Water International to help with maintaining a well that is next to a school in Uganda.

Pre-K - Toy Drive for Jingle Bell Express

The Pre-K families (along with the St. Mark’s community at large) gather new books and toys for young children and teenagers to be distributed at the CCSC during the Christmas holidays at a local Houston area church. Pre-K classes decorated a big green box by painting reindeer made out of handprints on the box.

Kindergarten - Pet Food Drive for Friends for Life

Our kindergarten artists will be contributing to the art displays at Texas Children’s Hospital following the Early Childhood Art Gallery.

1st Grade - Valentine’s Cards for Brighton Gardens Nursing Homes

In February, 1st grade spreads the love with by making Valentine’s Day cards for residents at Brighton Gardens Nursing Homes. Sweet notes like, “You are the best!” and “Have a happy Valentine’s Day” are sure to make the recipients smile. Some cards are even signed from a secret admirer!

2nd Grade - “Purr-fect Howl-oween” for the Houston SPCA

St. Mark’s 2nd graders participate in a "Purr-fect Howl-oween" project in October. Students donate dog and cat toys and grooming supplies for the Houston SPCA. The SPCA was thrilled with the gifts...no tricks, all treats!

3rd Grade - Book Drive Centre for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Mwandi, Zambia

Our 3rd grade students lead a school-wide book drive from in November that supports "Books Between Kids" by collecting gently used books to share with students in HISD who might not have the opportunity to build a home library on their own

4th Grade - Pet Food Drive for Friends for Life

Our fabulous fourth grade readers conduct a book drive for new or gently used books to share with the Children’s Assessment Center. 

5th Grade - Boys & Girls Harbor

St. Mark’s 5th graders work throughout the year with the Boys & Girls Harbor. The mission of the Boys & Girls Harbor is to provide healthy, comprehensive care for children and families in crisis. For children who are experiencing family hardship, neglect, abandonment or abuse, the Harbor provides a family environment in a home setting. 5th Graders donate stuffed stockings during Christmas.

6th Grade - Urban Harvest

6th graders work with Urban Harvest, whose mission is to promote healthy communities, sound nutrition and respect for the environment by educating children and adults and facilitating harvest and habitat gardens. St. Mark’s 6th graders rotate by advisory groups weekly to work on a local garden.

7th Grade - Sheltering Arms

Rotating by advisories, the 7th grade students take turns volunteering at the Sheltering Arms Senior Center.  This center provides care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.  Each week, our students spend time speaking with the seniors, playing games, and performing.  Some of the performances included students playing the guitar, piano, and singing Christmas carols.

8th Grade - The Beacon

Each week, the 8th grade students serve at The Beacon, a center that provides services to the homeless. At The Beacon, Houston’s homeless have the opportunity to eat a meal, take a shower and get their laundry done.

By volunteering at The Beacon with their advisory groups, on a rotation, 8th graders are able to build the habit of outreach. For many students, the 8th grade outreach project is the culmination of their service experience at St. Mark’s. Students truly feel the impact of this ongoing project.

 

 

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