Community Service

Service Learning

Students and parents alike participate in service opportunities at Erie Day School. In our Early Childhood setting, service learning ranges from making artwork for local community shelters and homes for the elderly, to parading to a nearby senior community at Halloween.

Our International Baccalaureate candidates in Preschool through Grade 4 engage in a variety of service learning projects on local, national and international levels. Visits to the Erie Zoo, Tom Ridge Environmental Center, and Asbury Woods, are just a few of the visits in the community where service learning is ignited. Whether they are called into action to support endangered wolves, donate school supplies to inner city schools or perform anti-bullying skits for other youth in the community, our students are learning today; leading tomorrow.

In the Middle School, a number of service learning initiatives are propelled by school organizations and the student body at large. Many non-profits in the Erie community benefit from our projects. Students engage in fundraising and educational projects designed to benefit the school, community and world. A list of service education providers includes but is not limited to:

  • Asbury Woods Nature Center
  • Barber National Institute
  • Bethany Outreach Center
  • City of Erie School District Homeless Student Division
  • Cleveland Zoo: The Wolf Project
  • Crime Victims Center
  • Emmaus Soup Kitchen and Kids Cafe
  • Erie City Mission
  • Highmark’s Caring Place
  • Humane Society of NW PA
  • Mercy Center for Women
  • Shriners Hospital for Children

Family Service Commitments

Erie Day School parents build community and camaraderie with family service commitments each year. Recognizing that parent involvement mirrors success in the classroom for students, parents take action to assist with school events, classroom initiatives, seasonal projects, student trips and more.

Erie Day School at work in the community:

  • The Erie County Historical Society is host to our annual Spring Fling with our Middle School. Student donations are made in honor of ongoing restorative efforts.
  • Watson-Curtze Mansion donations are continually made in support of necessary causes such as SafeNet, Emmaus Soup Kitchen and the Second Harvest Food Bank. Clothes, books, food and monetary donations are collected throughout the year.
  • Barber National Institute is host to many of our artist’s canvases during their annual art show. Fans of EDS artwork visit the Institute, patrons donate to a worthy cause and purchase pieces featured by our artists to benefit programs of BNI.
  • Each year collections for the United States Armed Forces and the Wounded Warrior Project are supported with jeans days and other engaging initiatives. School pride extends to our proud donations in support of our armed forces.