“…the most important feeling that we were all left with was one of having worked hard for our community. There was work that needed to be done and there was a community appreciative of our efforts. This left all of us with a sense of satisfaction that our work had contributed to the beauty, health, and forward movement of our community.”Harbor School
Service Learning is deeply integrated into Harbor School culture. By recognizing needs in the community, addressing those needs, and reflecting on their experiences, Harbor School students develop and enhance compassion, responsibility, and leadership.
We emphasize service to the school, to the community, to the region and to the world.
Examples of Service Learning in action: Volunteering at the Vashon Food Bank and at Northwest Harvest in Seattle. Working with The Land Trust at Matsuda Farm as well as clearing trails and planting new trees on islans. Working with VARSA to do a Vashon litter clean up. Additionally, the final ten minutes of every day in 4th through 8th grade is Stewardship. This time is devoted to cleaning the school, vacuuming the carpets, cleaning tables and windows, and emptying recycling and garbage. The 8th grade homestay trip to Costa Rica has an in-depth Service Learning component and is the culmination of the Service Learning experience for our studnets.
Students Journey to Northwest Harvest and Help Package Peas for Distribution