Stephen Gaynor School has a long history of being active in the community. We feel it is critical to help teach students to become caring citizens through educational experiences embedded in our curriculum and through hands-on experiences. This allows our students to realize how meaningful community service can be and experience the wonderful rewards of helping others.
Throughout the year, students have many opportunities to become involved. Every November, Stephen Gaynor School collaborates with St. Gregory’s Church to collect canned food and dry goods to help area families enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. During the holiday season, we host a toy drive for the Goddard Riverside Community Center’s five day care centers. And each spring, we donate gently used books as part of Project Cicero, to help supplement school and classroom libraries for children in under-resourced New York City public schools. Globally, we collect shoes for children in need in Eleuthera, Bahamas, which several teachers hand-deliver each summer.
In addition, Gaynor students rally together in times of emergency, as was evidenced during 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. In partnership with AmeriCares, we collected hygiene kits for dissemination to the hardest hit areas in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Stephen Gaynor School also offers an Afterschool Community Service class in which students plan and organize our school-wide service projects. Led by Community Service Coordinator and Head Teacher, Julia Borders, students volunteer their time to participate in each project, educate their fellow students on their initiatives, and share their reflections with our school community.