Community Service

Community Service is an integral part of McLean School, encompassing on-campus, off-campus, and international programs. Every division is involved, and every student is old enough, knowledgeable enough, and important enough to be included. Among our many service activities, reading buddies go to other schools, and students visit nursing homes, raise funds for charitable nonprofits, work on food and book drives, and walk to benefit the homeless. Even the youngest of our students learn to give back, becoming aware of their power to help others while building empathy and self-esteem.

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  • Lower School Community Service

    In conjunction with the Lower School GOLDEN program and their daily work on citizenship skills, the Kindergarten through Grade 4 students gain an understanding of the importance of service to the community.  Students learn that they are part of many communities, extending from families to the classroom and school communities.  Further, they learn to recognize that their citizenship places them in local, state, national and world communities. 
    To that end, the Lower School students engage in various community service projects and events throughout the school year.  Annual events include the Help the Homeless Mini-Walk to benefit the homeless in Montgomery County, Maryland and the Jump Rope for Heart campaign in alliance with the American Heart Association.  In addition, the K-4 students have participated in annual book drives for the World Bank Book Project and Capital Book Share to provide books and teaching resources to needy students in our area and around the globe
    The Lower School community also remains committed to supporting those in need in the Washington Metropolitan Area during the holiday season.  Annual food drives have gathered canned foods and non-perishable items for Manna Food Center and the Montgomery County Holiday Giving Program. Students also collected and distributed new toys for Montgomery County families in need for the past few years.
    Additional projects include “free dress fundraisers” and bake sales to benefit other organizations that need our support.  These have included the Hospital for Sick Children, the Montgomery County Humane Society, the Children’s Inn at NIH, Heifer International, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The National Center for Children and Families, The Pajama Program, and the Send a Kid to Camp campaign.
  • Middle School Community Service

    The Middle School is involved in performing community service and coordinating various fund raising projects to benefit local non-profit organizations. Activities initiated by the students are bake sales, canned food drives, walk for the homeless, volunteering at Wider Circle, and Manna Food Center. The goal of community service is to promote social awareness and values as well as to develop a sense of pride in helping those in need.
  • Upper School Community Service

    McLean School is active in the community through all-school, divisional, and individual efforts. Students gain a sense of awareness and empowerment by participating in fund-raising and learning about immediate world-wide response to a natural disaster. Our families respond heartily to every request for those in need, whether it be for blankets and warm clothing, toiletries, toys, baby supplies, or food for our area’s homeless and hungry. Organizations that benefit from our community service range from local charities to international emergency needs.

    In recent years, McLean has raised money to support many organizations including the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, The Children’s Inn at NIH, Montgomery County Animal Shelter, Manna Food Center of Montgomery County, and March of Dimes.

    In addition students and faculty participated in mini-walks for the homeless, coat and blanket drives for local needy, made sandwiches for the homeless, and raised money through a variety of activities for natural disaster victims.

    Upper School students are required to complete 40 community service hours as part of their graduation requirements. Through the community service projects, students have the opportunity to become connected with the community outside school and to explore interests. It is the goal of the community service requirement to foster a sense of social responsibility.

K-12 College Preparatory School Supporting Bright Students’ Individual Strengths and Challenges.

McLean School is an independent, co-educational, K-12 day school serving Maryland, Washington, and Virginia. McLean has for over sixty years been helping students realize their full potential by providing a comprehensive college preparatory program that emphasizes small classes and differentiated instruction. We embrace both traditional learners and ones with mild to moderate learning challenges – dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and challenges related to anxiety and executive functioning. Many of our students excel in some areas while benefiting from support in others.
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