Community Involvement around Bucks County
Students at Buckingham Friends School learn, by experience and example, to become responsible for their environment and the communities in which they live. From their very first days on campus, students are called upon to be stewards of their school by caring for their fellow students, the school campus, and the school’s traditions. For example, each Friday afternoon, the children in the lower school work together to clean up their playground, recovering the sandbox, stacking the wood used for building, putting away outdoor toys, and picking up trash. Students in all grades join their parents twice each year at the Fall and Spring Frolics which bring the whole community together to rake leaves, tend gardens, make minor repairs, and otherwise tend to our School.
As children learn more about their local communities they begin to participate in a variety of age-appropriate outreach and service programs. These community engagement activities reinforce our cultural values and prepare students to take an active role in their communities beyond graduation.
The Student Outreach Committee, led by Mme. Schreiber takes the lead in organizing school-wide service efforts, including food drives, fundraising, and special projects with local service organizations. A highlight of these efforts is the annual holiday party for the families of A Woman’s Place. School families donate food and gift items and student volunteers help entertain the children with crafts, face-painting and games.
Lower school students collect hats, mittens and gloves to donate to children at Christmas time through Fisherman’s Mark. Second grade students are our ambassadors, preparing homemade cards and wishes to send to our older alumni. Middle school students participate in a “buddy” program, serving as big friends to local pre-school children, exchanging cards and letters, and collaborating on community service projects. Students participate in “Trick or Treat for UNICEF” at Halloween, and a favorite project of 4th grade students is their annual bake sale with proceeds benefiting the Bucks County SPCA. This experiential learning culminates in 7th grade when each student chooses and plans an independent community project that they complete during the year.
All families are also invited to join in several school-wide activities throughout the year. On Martin Luther King Day, teachers, parents and students pack breakfast and toiletry bags with items they donated for the Bucks County Housing Group, and make homemade cards welcoming families to their new homes.