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Hunger, Homelessness and Poverty

All Potomac students engage in foundational service learning experiences connected to four community needs: hunger, homelessness, and poverty; literacy; the elderly; and the environment. They become empowered by a greater understanding of these needs and lead or participate in activities such as:

  • First Grade, Share of McLean
    In the winter, first grade students visit Share of McLean’s food pantry to learn about needs of local families facing food insecurity. As part of Potomac’s annual K-12 Food Drive, first graders inventory items in the food pantry. We connect the service learning project to the counting and organization unit in the first grade math curriculum.
  • Sixth Grade, Embry Rucker Community Shelter
    A representative from Embry Rucker Community Shelter in Reston visits sixth graders to discuss the needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Northern Virginia. This presentation helps prepare students for their grade-level architecture project that addresses community needs.
  • Eighth Grade, Community Action Program
    Each fall and spring, eighth grade Advisories serve community partners addressing hunger and food insecurity, including Capital Area Food Bank, Red Wiggler Community Farm, DC Central Kitchen, and Martha’s Table. The student’s efforts include working at a community farm, preparing meals for McKenna’s Wagon, and sorting and boxing food donations for distribution to local food pantries.

The Service Learning program at Potomac provides significant experiences for students to engage with our community partners using their unique interestes, talents, and abilities. In all areas, Potomac nurtures and values student voice, and the Service Learning program has provided many tangible outlets for our learners.Joy Webster, Teacher