Blog & Calendar

Third Grade Students Define Philanthropy and Recognize its Importance to and Effects on the Community

The annual third grade philanthropy project kicked off this spring with Assistant Head for Advancement, Jamie Inman posing the question, “What is philanthropy?" and "How can you make a difference?"  Third graders met in the chapel for a brief discussion surrounding these questions and ended on the chapel veranda participating in a marble activity.  With marbles and water, they learned how one act could create ripples in a community.  Afterwards, students wrote their very own mission sentence on cards.  Their prompt was, “How can you make an impact?”  The cards are now displayed in the third grade hall.
Next, Director of Service and Experiential Learning, Elizabeth Jarrett and Service Learning Coordinator, Kaytina Mills met with the students to discuss and highlight CCES's impact in the community.  This included an overview of community service projects around the school.  Ms. Jarrett and Ms. Mills introduced the ‘hygiene and toiletries collection’ project to make hygiene bags for the United Ministries.  Students also worked with Lower School Technology Teacher Robin Yerkes to make cards to go in the bags.  Students assembled bags during Christian Education classes with Ms. Jarrett and Ms. Mills.
During regular class time, third graders read the novel, Crenshaw, by Katherine Applegate, to learn about how food insecurity and homelessness affects children and their families.  “The students made incredible and empathetic connections with the book,” said Third Grade Teacher Marianne Martin, “as well as how it impacts people in Greenville and beyond.”
The connections made in the third grade during this impactful and meaningful IB unit will stay with these students for a long time.  What a fantastic hands-on learning experience designed by our third grade team of teachers with so many other faculty contributors!
No comments have been posted
    • Jamie Inman, Assistant Head for Advancement speaks to third graders about the importance of philanthropy.

    • Students do their marble activity and watch it's ripples in the water.

    • Elizabeth Jarrett speaks to third graders about the school's involvement in our community.

    • Student mission statement which answer the question "How can you make an impact?"

    • 3rd graders pack homeless shelter hygiene bags.

Christ Church Episcopal School (“CCES”) admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileged, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at CCES. CCES does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, creed, religion, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid, scholarship or other programs, or athletic or other school-administered programs and activities.