Service Learning activities connect meaningful service in the school or community with academic learning and civic responsibility. Student experiences provide opportunities to enrich and apply cultural knowledge, develop civic and cultural literacy, improve citizenship, and enhance personal growth and self-esteem. At each grade level we strive to provide appropriate projects that incorporate the work of the classroom with the life of the larger society. The basic theory of service learning is founded on John Dewey’s belief that the interaction of knowledge and skills with experience is the key to any successful learning experience. We continue to believe that our program engages students in meaningful community service that enhances their capacity for empathy and compassion.
Chesapeake Bay Oyster Restoration Project
As Fourth Grade students study the Chesapeake Bay as part of their science curriculum, Williams School students actively maintain oyster floats locally in the Elizabeth River. The students clean oyster bags, measure seedlings, and scrub floats while learning about natural water filtration doing their part to aid in the ecological health of the bay.
Our "Sister School" St. Gabriel in Lascohobas, Haiti
The Williams School has engaged in a learning partnership with St. Gabriel School in Haiti. Each year students send cards, bookmarks, letters, and more to the students of St. Gabriel. Williams School students are involved in helping fundraise for various school items, technology, or physical plant projects at St. Gabriel. In turn, the students learn about the educational program in Haiti, the culture of the students at our sister school, the values of altruism, and the value of building global relationships.
Students in all grades work with various organizations offering donations of time, goods, or both. The SCA sponsors the Coats for Families drive for winter jackets of all sizes which go to citizens of our Hampton Roads community. First Grade students write special letters each November to Veterans in honor of their service to our country. A school-wide talent show takes place each year in the spring, the entry fee of which (in its entirety) is donated to a charitable cause. Middle School students volunteer their time at a number of locations ranging from teaching a Cyber Seniors course at Harbor's Edge Retirement Community to sorting goods at the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, from gardening at ForKids housing sites to working in small groups with Kindergarten students at local elementary schools.