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Serving the Common Good

by Bob McGee, 7th Grade Advisor and Math Teacher

Like many students before him, 7th Grader Christopher Childs embodies leadership and empathy. Through a series of personal contacts, he became aware of a school in Wilmington, North Carolina, that had been devastated by Hurricane Florence. After meeting with Country School administration, Christopher finalized the details for a school-wide drive to provide much needed support. Christopher and his family visited the school over Thanksgiving break and  delivered the boxes of supplies he had collected. 

Locally, Country School 7th Graders recently kicked off their traditional Can Van initiative by visiting local grocery stores to solicit donations and hosting bake sales on campus. Students, faculty, and the entire Country School community work together to supply the Shoreline Soup Kitchen and Branford Community Dining Room, where Country School families and faculty convene monthly to prepare and serve meals. 

One of the greatest attributes of a Country School education is that students are empowered to reach out and give back the best that they are able. By choosing to to lead by example, by being organized and following through even on the smallest of details, by having the sensitivity and compassion to realize that sometimes it is the smallest gesture or kind word that gives the greatest support to others, Country School students distinguish themselves. 

The 7th Grade, through collective and individual actions, by looking to serve regionally, locally and at home, through their intense organization, truly embody our Mission Statement. “We believe that each student has much to give; and, in an atmosphere of kindness, respect, and responsibility, we provide meaningful opportunities for leadership, service and environmental stewardship.” This statement, taken from The Country School’s Affective Education Handbook highlights how Country School celebrates the whole child, PreSchool - Grade 8.