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Service Learning

At Savannah Country Day, each student lives by the motto, Service Through Knowledge and Character. That’s why community service is an essential component in the education of each Savannah Country Day student.

Service learning gives students the chance to see beyond themselves and their close-knit families and groups of friends to see the larger world of which they are a part. Community service experience also serves to reinforce what is learned in the classroom.

But service isn’t a requirement. It’s an expectation. And our students never fail to meet that expectation. Whether it’s organizing a blood drive and then lining up to donate, or traveling over spring break to build houses with Habitat for Humanity, our students treat their community service commitments with the same determination and professionalism that they treat their studies.

And just as the rewards reaped from diligent study and high academic performance are many, so are those reaped from helping others. Perhaps even greater, if you ask our students.

Student Service Trips

Savannah Country Day has recently partnered with Shoulder-to-Shoulder, a non-profit that partners with schools around the country, to create dynamic, experiential summer courses that focus on service and global citizenship. Students serve “shoulder-to-shoulder”, in both international and domestic locations, with expert non-profit leaders and their communities and work directly on projects to make a long-lasting impact. All interested Savannah Country Day students should contact Rob Curran or Christine Hefner for more information.




Collecting Cans for Charity

All year, students from 3rd-5th grades have collected aluminum tabs and cans for recycling as part of our community service outreach. This year, an amazing number of tabs were collected — 124,833 to be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire. Country Day is pleased to support the charities’ efforts to enhance the health and well-being of children and their families. Congratulations to the following students: Can winners were Tucker Cooper (548 cans), Hunter Vick (1,289 cans), and Emery Goodwin (1,607 cans). The tab winner was Hunter Vick with 35,994 tabs! The fourth grade collected 124,833 aluminum tabs to be donated and recycled!

The winners’ trophies were created from upcycled materials such as aluminum cans, cardboard tubing from the laminator in the teachers’ workroom, and scrap wood. The winners’ plaques were made in the Mingledorff Hall makerspace in the Upper School.

Caretta Research "Teens for Turtles"

Lower School students partnered with Upper School student group Caretta Research "Teens for Turtles" as a culmination of their yearlong research project with Caretta Research.

The "Teens for Turtles" group presented their research findings to the students, followed by an age-appropriate activity for each participating grade level. From labeling and coloring parts of the turtle to a hands-on (stuffed) turtle necropsy, our students are now "certified" turtle enthusiasts, biologists, conservationists, and most of all — lovers! Thank you to Caretta Research Project for sharing your passion and purpose with our students!

Sowing Milkweed Seedlings for Monarch Conservation

Second graders are seeing the fruits of their labor! In January, as part of our MLK Day of Service, students partnered with the Savannah Tree Foundation and planted native milkweed seedlings. Once they started sprouting, the second graders met with Mr. Eswine to sow them throughout our Lower School gardens! 

Milkweeds are the required host plants for caterpillars of the monarch butterfly and play a critical role in the monarch’s life cycle, so we are thrilled to play a small—but important—part in monarch conservation!

Service Learning Coordinators

Mrs. Courtney Aliotta

Titles: Lower School Lead Fourth Grade Teacher & Service Learning Co-Chair

Ms. Christine Hefner

Titles: Middle & Upper School Photography Teacher