Service Learning & Community Service at Country

Service Learning at TCS

Service learning is an integral part of life at The Country School, where students are encouraged to look beyond themselves to serve their communities and the larger world. 
The service learning program at The Country School has four specific goals: to engage every child in community service projects, to ensure that students understand why service is important, to allow students to see the fruits of their labor, and to provide students the opportunity to reflect on their service.

Each year, the school carries out a series of initiatives; some are school-wide, while others are planned and carried out by smaller groups. In the Middle School, students select a project, and time is set aside for students and advisors to review and plan activities required to support their cause. Upon completion, students reflect on their efforts and how they felt about performing them. In the Lower School, specific classes or grades organize service learning initiatives based on the group’s desire to serve a cause or need.

Initiatives have ranged from a school-wide, student-led project to raise funds for the construction of a well in rural Uganda to creating and delivering May baskets to residents of an area nursing home. Students have held fundraisers to support disaster relief in regions across the globe and organized a local bike ride to raise funds for cancer research.

Some projects are on-going. For more than 10 years, Country School families have volunteered each month to prepare and serve dinner at a local soup kitchen. Students also coordinate canned food drives for area food pantries and service agencies on a regular basis.
We love new ideas. If you have a suggestion for a service opportunity or one that already exists that you feel fits our Mission, please share it here.

Our Community's Cookbook

Encouraging collaboration, communication, and leadership, Sow, Grow, Savor is a community-wide Country School endeavor that has brought together our alumni, faculty, parents, and students.

The plants were nurtured in our Children's Garden. Once harvested, they were shared with our families who incorporated them into their favorite dishes. Collected here are our community's recipes.
We encourage our students to look beyond themselves, to work cooperatively with others, and to serve their communities and the larger world.

Sow, Grow, Savor

341 Opening Hill Road, Madison, CT 06443
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Founded in 1955, The Country School is a coeducational, independent school serving students in PreSchool-Grade 8. The Country School is committed to active, hands-on learning and a vigorous curriculum that engages the whole child.