United in Service
Service is a natural extension of our school’s religious identity and commitment to educating morally centered students. Service initiatives are part of the curriculum in early childhood through upper school, and we provide many opportunities for students and families to unite in service both locally and globally.
Our approach to service is not just about helping. In age-appropriate ways, we focus on building relationships with the organizations we partner with, and with the people whom those organizations serve.
Love Thy Neighbor
Our neighbors at Broadway Presbyterian Church and its Four-Star Soup Kitchen (half a block away) are our frequent partners. In addition to providing food and supplies through our Thanksgiving Food Chain and February Food Drive, our students connect personally with the people who dine and receive services there. Through the sixth-grade religious knowledge curriculum, students create relationships with the staff and patrons of the soup kitchen and food pantry. They visit regularly, playing board games or otherwise just spending time in conversation. As these relationships grow, students move beyond their own concerns to think about the injustices that their new friends face, and about how they can help to change those injustices for the better.
Our younger students, too, get involved, making cards and decorations that brighten the soup kitchen, or baking desserts to sweeten their meals. They visit to drop-off their creations, so that they know whom and how they are helping.
Other frequent service partners include Amsterdam Nursing Home, Episcopal Relief and Development, and UNICEF.
Thanksgiving Food Chain
February Food Drive Challenge
The February Food Drive was a huge success! Every homeroom was challenged to collect 100 items by the 100th day of school (Friday, February 22).
This annual drive is a critical one for our neighbors since around this time of year, the shelves can start to get a little bare. Ford Hall and Broadway Presbyterian Church expressed immense gratitude for the contributions that the St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's community continues to provide midwinter, every year!
Information and a wish list of items were posted in the Weekly Update for families.
- Boxes are located outside of each homeroom (Nursery-Grade 8).
- Parents, faculty, and students will all help to deliver the food at the end of the drive.