We Help Our Students By Helping Others
Bartram Academy is committed to helping others and teaching our students to do the same. Not only is this a part of the Reggio Emilia model, it’s the right thing to do. Our school year is filled with events and projects throughout St. Johns, FL, that work toward giving to those in need. We’re always looking for more ways to help out—if you know of something, don’t hesitate to let us know.
By creating volunteer opportunities for kids, we teach them be caring and respectful of others. Research has shown one hour a week can have a positive influence on decisions later in life. Children also learn to better appreciate what they have, and can strengthen their math and money skills when counting charity donations.
During the holiday season we participate in the St. Johns Cares Giving Tree Initiative, where students and their families help others with their holiday wish lists. This can include families, the elderly, individuals, and even animals. We do our best to spread the holiday spirit to everyone we can by sharing what we have with those less fortunate.
These efforts include a food drive every Thanksgiving that goes to the local Mandarin Food Bank. We ask children to bring in dried and canned foods, and they love watching the box get full. Recently we also started a donation drive for “Back to School” time. Students and teachers collected notebooks, pencils, crayons, and more to give to a needy school in the community. Our first year saw 50 backpacks stuffed with supplies, and we couldn’t have been prouder.
Relief Efforts and Sponsorship
Another cause we give to is natural disaster relief, which is needed at different times of the year for everything from hurricanes to floods and tornadoes. We work closely with local charity organizations to send goods to victims of these catastrophes. For example, we recently worked alongside Rainier Inc. of Jacksonville to gather donations for the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, flood victims.
Of course, we don’t forget academic institutions either. Bartram Springs Elementary and Duval Charter at Flagler Center are both sponsored by us, along with Woofstock and the Springfield Pet Rescue Group. Because we’re a school that believes in healthy lifestyles that include exercise, we sponsor a number of local teams too. These include:
- Nocatee Football and Cheerleading
- The JCB Raptors
- The Ponte Vedra JDL Sharks
- I-9 Football
We’re always in search of more ways to give. Contact us to learn about our charitable activities or suggest one of your own. Or, call to schedule a tour of our St. Johns preschool to talk to us in person.