Community Service

Community Service
Our Community School’s teaching philosophy is committed to fostering in our children empathy for and service to others. Each class from K-6th grade participates in at least one community service activity on and/or off campus every school year. The 7th/8th graders are given a set number of community service hours that they need to complete by the end of the school year. All of our children are encouraged to go beyond their school service and continue helping out in their communities.

Our parents are also very involved at OCS both directly with the school and through the parent-run organization Panda Partners which conducts their own community service on campus.

Students plan and implement these projects with the help and support of their teachers and parents and usually get the entire campus involved. Some of the projects that have taken place on and off campus include: Food/Toiletry Drives for homeless and less fortunate families in the community, Beach Clean-ups, Blanket Drives for local animal shelters, Recycling Projects and so much more.

Community service gives students a sense of being important in the world, the ability to make a plan, follow through with it, and the chance to help others. These are all empowering for children who often can feel that adults get to make all the important choices in their world.

Here are some of the organizations we partner with to perform our community events :
  • Typical OCS Community Service Projects

K/1st-John and Allison: Panda Wear Recycling

K/1st-Vanessa and Leah: Box Tops

2nd-Julie and Hien: Snack Shack benefiting Panda Pantry

3rd-Kim: Lost & Found benefiting North Valley Caring Services

3rd-Robin: Equipment Shed

4th-Shawn: Recycling

4th-Jenna: Working with K/1 on reading & academic support

5th-Claudia & James: OCS Times and Food Drive benefiting North Valley Caring Services and OCS Panda Pantry

6th-Elizabeth and Hilary: Senate, 6th Grade Plays, Cards for Hospitalized Children

7th/8th Lauren, Karen, Brian and Anita: See list of opportunities for students to fulfill 8 hours of community service.

(Also, Lauren-neighborhood clean up with Vanessa’s buddy class)
  • Also:

  • Alex’s Lemonade Stand-Each year at our Spring Faire, our school operates a Lemonade Stand and all proceeds go to Alex’s Lemonade which to help fight childhood cancer.
  • Raising funds through Box Tops & contributing to different meaningful organizations. One of our 4th grade classes collects Box Tops throughout the year and then collectively vote to determine where to donate their proceeds. In 2013, our 4th graders chose to donate to the Jonah Pournazarian GSD 1B Fund after reading the book, “Chocolate Bar” that Jonah’s 7 year old friend wrote to help raise money for this rare disease.