The Country School is an independent, coeducational, K through 8 school founded in 1934.
Kindergarteners are working with students from age zero to three years old at the Talbot County Early Head Start program, creating learning materials and assisting with hands-on projects.
First graders work at Idlewild Park, cleaning out gardens, picking up trash and maintaining the playground areas. In addition, first graders work with preschool children at St. Mark’s Preschool and Christ Church Preschool.
Working in conjunction with the Midshore Riverkeepers Conservancy, the second grade organizes and hosts a children’s environmental film festival at the Avalon Theater. 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 one or two teacher advisors. Fifth graders are in fifth-grade-only advisories, while sixth through eighth graders are mixed.
All three fifth grade advisories – Bishop, Nittle, and Stecher – meet with preschoolers at Critchlow Adkins Day Care Center. 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 advisorycoordinates projects with Talbot Hospice including seasonal decorating, fundraising, and landscaping.
Mrs. Lang and Mrs. Frederick’s advisory assists 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 some 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 is working with the residents of the Dixon House Independent and Assisted Living home, visiting them often throughout the year, writing them letters, and inviting them to special events here at The Country School.
Mr. Hoopes 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 to Kindergarten and first graders at Easton Elementary School Dobson.
Mr. McIntyre’s advisory collects discarded cigarette butts in the community and sends them to a company that recycles the butts into plastic skids. They have shipped over 50,000 butts to date and created awareness campaigns on local radio stations.
Ms. Watts’ 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.