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Student Life

Service Learning

Service learning is an integral part of the Harbor Day education as it builds strong character and social responsibility in our students. Eighth grade students are required to complete 15 hours of community service in an outside organization.

Students learn that they have the power to make a difference by getting involved with a cause they are passionate about and appreciating the importance of doing things for others. Younger students often develop community service projects of their own.
Recent examples include the Cleats For Kids project, where two Harbor Day students gathered gently-used soccer cleats so kids from other schools could wear them in the Daily Pilot Cup Soccer Tournament, and a bake sale, where the funds went to our former interim school nurse to use for disease awareness during her time in the Peace Corps.

Harbor Day encourages service learning as it is a hands-on method to gain awareness about the world we live in and how to make it a better place. Harbor Day’s Parent Council continues to embrace service learning through the Harbor Day Serves committee. This program helps expand service learning beyond Harbor Day, fostering a sense of community.
Students have volunteered at the following organizations:
  • Casa Teresa
  • Heritage House
  • Human Options
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • The Caring Kitchen
  • The Environmental Nature Center
  • The Oasis Center

Spotlight: Service Learning at Harbor Day

List of 4 news stories.

  • Kindergarten Student Everlie P. Shows off her decorated box!

    Fall Service Day 2022

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  • Make A Difference Day 2022

    Thank you to the hundreds of students and families who participated in Make a Difference Day last weekend! It was an incredible day! Our students supported dozens of charities and hosted creative and meaningful tables. We are so grateful to have such a supportive community; we couldn’t do it without all of you!
  • Fall Service Day 2021

    During our teacher in-service day on Monday, November 1, students turned their day off into a day on by participating in the fall HDS service day. Parent Council co-chairs Emily Horowitz and Laurel Nelligan helped coordinate this event for the HDS community. Over 100 participants spent the morning assembling fall boxes for Project Hope Alliance, a local non-profit that works to help homeless youth. Students were thrilled to deliver a total of 60 fall boxes with gift cards to Project Hope Alliance.
  • Beach Clean-up Success

    Thank you for making a difference on your day off!  On March 8, over 35 HDS students and parents combed the Newport Pier beach for trash. We are thrilled to share this impactful, covid-friendly event and hope to host another family service opportunity before the end of the school year. Be sure to view the Community Service portal for your virtual “Helping Hands”.

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