Service Learning & Outreach

Parker School’s Service Learning & Outreach Committee provides our community with information on ways parents, students, and teachers can get involved and support our local and international communities through service projects, cross-cultural education experiences, current in-classroom events, and school-wide fundraisers. Teachers work closely with the Parent Group to build community meaningful ways. Here are some of the ways we reach out…

 

Project Night Night

Every year, Parker School partners with Project Night Night in order to reach out to more children in need. Project Night Night helps provide a tote bag for homeless children in the city. The totes include an age-appropriate children's book, a lovey or stuffed animal, a new blanket, and any other personal nighttime items – flashlights, toothbrushes, pajamas, etc. – that our families may choose to contribute.

Our desire is to keep these Service Learning opportunities age-appropriate and relevant to our children, and so we speak openly about the projects and missions in our classrooms and encourage our families to make their children an active part of the learning process.
Learn more about Project Night Night

 

Food Drive

Years ago, Parker School held its annual Food Drive in December. But since that’s such a busy time already, we did a little research and found that the SF/Marin Food Bank is actually overrun with donations that time of year. When do hungry families really need the food? When the holiday blitz dries up in February. So each February, Parker families come together to collect food to benefit needy families and fill some empty bellies.
Learn more about the SF/Marin Food Bank

 

Book Drive

In conjunction with the Children's Book Project, Parker School holds an annual book drive in May. The Children’s Book Project distributes gently used books to schools, hospitals, shelters and individuals in need. It is a wonderful chance to discuss the ideas of giving and helping others in need with your children.
Learn more about the Children's Book Project

 

The Fabretto Foundation

Although not directly affiliated with the Parker School Community, many Parker Teachers have a close partnership with the Fabretto Foundation, an organization dedicated to “empowering children and their families in Nicaragua to reach their full potential and improve their livelihoods through education and nutrition.” Fabretto has given many on our staff the amazing opportunity to volunteer teaching children and mentor teachers during the summer in Managua, Nicaragua.
Learn more about The Fabretto Foundation.

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“Communities maintain some practices and change others through the contributions of specific individuals and of other communities. While they transform, they also maintain some fidelity to long-standing values.”
— Rogoff, 2003