Transform the world one deed at a time

Scott Gyenes, Upper School Faculty and Service Learning Coordinator

Howard Zinn once wrote, “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”

On Friday, May 11, the York Country Day School community participated in the annual Day of Service to help transform the greater York community. Our Middle and Upper School students visited various organizations for the day, and our Lower School facilitated helping two difference organizations staying on campus.

Grades Kindergarten through third grade collected and assembled care packages for LifePath Rescue Mission, and Grades Fourth and Fifth created blankets for the Penn State University Children’s Hospital in Hershey.

In the Middle School, the Sixth grade served at Whispering Pines Animal Sanctuary, the Seventh traveled to Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, and the Eighth grade built a community garden in Downtown York.

In the Upper School, our Ninth grade cleaned vegetation on the Gettysburg National Battlefield, the 10th graded mulched and moved rocks at Gifford Pinchot State Park, and the 11th grade worked with The Lower Susquehanna RIVERKEEPER Association  Army Corp of Engineers and the “Greener Codorus Initiative” program by removing dead vegetation along the banks of the creek.

Finally, the Seniors stayed “home” to build a large fire pit and benches to be used by the school community for many years to come.  Global and community service is an integral part of the ethos of York Country Day School, and we pride ourselves on the exceptional service performed by our students throughout the entire year.