On October 4, our ninth grade students participated in TASIS England's fourth annual Morning of Service by engaging in community service projects with their Advisories and helping both in our local community and at school.
Students volunteered at several sites, including the Thorpe Primary School, Thorpe Cemetery, St. Mary's Church, Thorpe Village, and Fleming Garden. All projects took place outdoors, allowing students to enjoy the lovely autumn weather while engaging with their peers and advisors outside of the classroom.
Students accomplished much good work during their morning service, and the response from students, faculty advisors, and members of our local community has been overwhelmingly positive. In the Thorpe Cemetery, representatives of the Runnymede Borough Council and members of the public recognized the students’ hard work in raking leaves and clearing paths. The students’ excellent work in the gardens and outside play areas of the Thorpe Primary School has set the stage for future volunteering opportunities of this sort.
Maelle N., who volunteered at St. Mary’s Church, said that the Morning of Service “exceeded my expectations and was a fun experience,” while Charlotte H. and Lila G. noted that, “It was so fulfilling and satisfying to help the community.” Closer to campus, students cleared the leaves and debris from the sidewalks along Coldharbour Lane to make it safer for pedestrians, picked up litter in the village, and harvested crops in the Fleming Garden (and even got to take some fresh fruit and vegetables home with them!)
Of her service in the village, Joohee K. reflects, “My favorite part of the day was when I would wave at the passers-by, and they would wave back, smile, give a thumbs-up, or stop to say that I was doing a good job.”
Thank you to all Grade 9 students and faculty Advisors for their contributions to a meaningful Morning of Service!
You can see more photos of our students in action in our Flickr album.