Kindergarteners work with Talbot County Early Head Start (TCEHS), which serves families of children ages zero to three-years-old. During the winter months, Kindergartners create number or color concept books to assist families in introducing and reinforcing these concepts with their young children at home. In the spring, Kindergartners make cheerful decorations for the center. Kindergartners also plant a vegetable, herb and flower garden — the bounty of which is enjoyed by the staff and families at TCEHS throughout the summer.
First graders work with preschool children at St. Mark’s Preschool and Christ Church Preschool. They prepare activities, work with buddies and develop friendships.
Working in conjunction with the Midshore Riverkeepers Conservancy, the second grade spends their year focusing on sustainability and the importance of the three R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). Second graders also get their hands dirty cleaning up litter from local wetlands as part of Project Clean Stream.
Third grade continues its relationship with the Neighborhood Service Center, making bagged lunches for the center twice per month. The students decorate bags, organize food, assemble meals, and make deliveries to the center.
The fourth grade supports the Society of St. Vincent dePaul and its clients. They pack grocery bags for clients of the center, and sort and fold donated clothing and toys that may be purchased by clients of the center.
Upper School students participate in HOHO projects by advisory. Advisories are groups of eight to ten students, with a teacher advisor. Fifth graders are in fifth-grade-only advisories, while sixth through eighth graders are mixed.
Both fifth grade advisories – Bishop and Johnson – meet with pre-school age children at Manor Discovery Center, in Easton. During a typical visit, the fifth graders plan circle time and crafts activities, as well as indoor and outdoor games to play with the children.
Mrs. Mielke’s advisory coordinates projects with Talbot Hospice including seasonal decorating, fundraising, and landscaping.
Mrs. Lang and Mrs. Frederick’s advisories work together to assist with maintaining the grounds of the Healing Garden in Easton, a garden and park for parents who have lost children. They also partner with The Benedictine School in Ridgely, helping their students with crafts and projects, and doing some read-aloud and skits.
Mrs. Walter and Mrs. Sheets’s advisories visit The Gardens at William Hill Manor to play games with residents. During the holidays, the students plan a performance of songs and stories that are presented to the residents during their afternoon activity hour.
Ms. Amaral’s advisory works with the residents of the Dixon House Independent and Assisted Living home, visiting them often throughout the year. The students research appropriate craft projects and games, organize materials, and work collaboratively with the residents during visits to create the projects and play games.
Ms. Devine’s advisory visits the Talbot County Free Library to read stories, present shows, do craft activities with the children who come for story time, and help with clerical tasks, all under the guidance of the children’s librarian.
Mrs. Rajacich’s advisory reads and does craft projects with Pre-K and Kindergarteners at White Marsh Elementary School in Trappe.
Mr. Nittle’s advisory is helping the Friends of Spring Hill Historic Cemetery in Easton by maintaining the grounds throughout the year and cleaning up after major holidays. The students research the lives of the people buried here, in order to help to raise awareness of the importance of this cemetery as a historic resource for our community.
Mr. Vega’s advisory is working with the Activities Director at St. Mark’s Village, a retirement community for the elderly in Easton, to provide entertainment for the residents, many of whom have limited means.