All Potomac students engage in foundational service learning experiences connected to four community needs: hunger, homelessness, and poverty; literacy; the elderly; and the environment.
- Kindergarten Butterfly Garden
Kindergarten classes have planted a butterfly garden, that includes butterfly bush, asters, and black-eyed susans, at the bottom of the lower school playground. The young students care for the garden throughout the school year as part of their grade-level service learning experience focused on the environment.
- Seventh Grade, Second Story
Each fall, seventh graders host a group of young students from Second Story for an evening of outdoor exploration, including a scavenger hunt on the nature trails and s’mores at the Morton Fire Deck. The event builds connections between Potomac students and their Second Story friends and connects to the grade 7 Frameworks of Identity curriculum.
- Ninth Grade, Community Action Program
In the spring, ninth graders serve with Potomac’s environmental community partners, including Rock Creek Conservancy and Common Good City Farm. After their off-campus service, students participate in service projects on campus, which include making miniature garden starters for preschoolers at Higher Horizons.