Community Service & Engagement
While COVID-19 is limiting some of our traditional service projects, our community partners continue to have needs. We have created a Google Doc with ideas for virtual service after being in touch with our partners.
Pembroke Hill students are imbued with the responsibility to do good for the benefit of all. From our Early Years program, nested in a Reggio Emilia approach, to Upper School community engagement, experiential opportunities are woven into the fabric of engagement both inside and outside of school.
We envision community service as engagement with the community at large and within the Pembroke Hill School. We look to ground classroom knowledge with real-world issues, resulting in greater awareness and compassion.
In the spirit of engagement, students are encouraged to actively engage with people in need, serving others and stepping outside of their comfort zones of familiarity. Our upper school graduates complete at least 60 hours of service over four years, of which 40 hours must be outside of Pembroke Hill.
Each class participates in a grade-level community service day through partnering organizations such as:
- Community Housing of Wyandotte County
- Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council
- Rosedale Neighborhood Association
- Sanctuary of Hope
- Urban Scholastic Center
Each fall, upper school students host a Gold Out Game to raise awareness for pediatric cancer. Our holiday drive supported organizations such as Children’s Mercy Hospital, the KC Pet Project and Toys for Tots. In the spring, students gathered necessary supplies and wrote notes to inspire residents of Hope House, a shelter for those from domestic violence. During Jan Term, an interim week following winter break dedicated to alternative and experiential learning, we had students build and install bio-sand water filtration projects in Vietnam,
construct a house in Belize through Hand in Hand Ministries Building for Change, and create portraits of and connect globally with children in need.
On a local level, we have students serve at Wayside Waifs, the KC Pet Project, ACI Learning Centers, Wonderscope Museum, the Children’s Place, Claridge Court, Habitat for Humanity, New Orleans, Senior Care Homes, AbilityKC, JQ’s B-Fit, and the Global Orphanage Project.
The Middle School has an after school Community Club dedicated to community service activities, sponsored by counselor, Ms. Lindsay Kobolt. Students volunteer at Harvesters, Wayside Waifs and Red Cross every year. Children’s Mercy Hospital was recently added as a recipient organization. Advisory groups support community organizations of their choice and we have occasional all school efforts, such as Make-A-Wish and Ronald McDonald House fundraisers. Select students elect to participate in and earn the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Lower and Early Childhood Schools
Service on Wornall Campus extends from:
- Individual homeroom community service projects tied to the curriculum
- Community involved after school club activities
- Fourth and fifth grade Young Leaders provide admissions tours and offer a monthly service opportunity off-site
- Fifth grade students complete the job of flag duty and recycling on campus
- Fourth grade supports the school community garden
- Early Childhood and Lower School participate in an annual food drive for Harvesters that provides over 1,000 meals to children in need