Service Learning

As early as PreK, students learn to lead by example and see themselves as effective change makers. Through participation in service projects, they strive to make an impact on communities near and far.

A panoramic photo showing a large group of Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School families at Lovers Point.

Throughout the year, students prepare for, implement, and reflect on a variety of service opportunities. These range from school-wide service projects to Projects of Passion adopted by each classroom. Each project is an opportunity to teach students to look beyond themselves and help those in need.

Common projects include:

  • Christmas caroling at local senior living facilities
  • Participation in the JDRF One Walk in support of type 1 diabetes research
  • Food drives for the Food Bank for Monterey County
  • Coat drives for the Salvation Army
  • Braxton's Toy Drive

Sometimes, students respond to events in the wider world. Past projects have included:

  • Outreach to orphans displaced by the war in Ukraine
  • Sending cards and blankets to families affected by wildfires in California and Colorado
  • A backpack and school supply drive for local students through the Salvation Army

Each classroom has a Project of Passion, a cause or organization they support throughout the year. These have included:

  • PreK donating blankets and towels to the SPCA for Monterey County
  • Grade 2 creating a "kindness rock garden" on campus
  • Grade 5 collecting over 400 books to donate to a Belize literacy organization