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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.

  • Boy Scout Troop 350 dropping off sports equipment at Paularino School in Costa Mesa.

    Boy Scout Troop Raises Money for Sports Equipment

    Harbor Day’s Boy Scout Troop 350 raised over $1,000 at Make a Difference Day and used the proceeds to purchase all the recess and sports equipment wish list items on Paularino Elementary School's wish list. Paularino, located in Costa Mesa, is a school in the Newport Mesa Unified School District. Some members of the troop delivered items to the students and shared their "Why" and "How" with them.  
  • Youth for Hope Award 2023

    HDS Receives Youth for Hope Award from Project Hope Alliance

    For the past ten years, Harbor Day School has partnered with Project Hope Alliance (PHA), a local nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness for children. This long-standing partnership has yielded significant results, and PHA recognized Harbor Day School with the 2023 Youth for Hope award at their annual gala event on April 22. Harbor Day School’s involvement with PHA has taken on many forms, including back in 2013 with middle school students who collected food pantry items and served as role models for over 20 children at the Skyview School in Orange.
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  • Kindergarten Student Everlie P. Shows off her decorated box!

    Fall Service Day 2022

    During a Tuesday Faculty In-service Day Students turned their day off into a day on! Over 100 volunteers came together to decorate and fill 80 Fall Boxes of Hope for under-served children in Orange County. The staff at Project Hope Alliance was so thankful to receive our donations! The boxes were decorated with kind notes and a gift card was included. Project Hope Alliance is a local nonprofit committed to ending the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time. We are so happy to continue our partnership with them. Also, a big thank you to our Parent Council Community Service Co-chairs for making this day happen!
  • 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!

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