Having a heart for civic engagement and an awareness of the importance of public responsibility happens over time for children. In the Lower School, community service projects play a vital role in the life of students and are a reflection of the School’s Mission Statement, which promotes reaching beyond the School community. For example, the Lower School has held annual Food Drive and Community Service Days, where the community donated non-perishable food items for the Greater Boston Food Bank. Parents are invited to visit their children's’ classes and then come together in the gymnasium to celebrate giving.
For the past several years, Brimmer has received awards from the Parents' Independent School Network (PIN). Recently, PIN gave special recognition to our kindergarteners for their Cards for Seniors program, to our second graders for their thank-you letters to MSPCA donors, and to our eighth graders for their annual Individual Community Service Project.
Other examples of recent Lower School community services initiatives include:
- Pre-K made apple pies for Ethos as part of the study of the Healthy Plate, which tied into the Lower School Food Drive. Students also collected hats and mittens for Helping Hands.
- Grade 1 collected Box Tops.
- Grade 2 wrote thank you letters to the benefactors of the MSPCA, and did Reading for the Red Cross.
- Grade 3 held a used Book Sale fundraiser for the Red Cross.
- Grade 4 oversees School Recycling.
- Grade 5 collected money at Halloween for UNICEF and visited the Chestnut Park Senior Center.