| COMMUNITY SERVICE AT PALM VALLEY SCHOOL
Students at all levels of the school are encouraged to participate in community service activities, from recycling drives in the Preschool to holiday toy collection in the Lower School; from Middle School canned food drives for Thanksgiving to our Upper School's community service program.
We encourage this service not only for its intrinsic value, but also because community service increases students' self-esteem, reinforces academic skills, provides career and occupational direction, teaches about real-world problems and solutions, develops leadership skills, and encourages a feeling of community. Our students get as much as they give from these experiences.
In the Upper School, students are required to spend at least 36 hours a year on service, both on campus and off. Many volunteer far more. We organize group projects to introduce them to the great variety of service organizations and opportunities in the area, and also encourage students to identify needs in the community and design their own programs to address those needs.
In the past, students have fed the homeless through Well in the Desert and Martha's Village and Kitchen; led classes at the Boys' and Girls' Club; volunteered as homework helpers in the Lower School; helped improve local animal shelters; read to the elderly; run recycling programs; raised guide dogs; entertained children at the Children's Museum of the Desert; and many, many other worthwhile projects.