Service learning takes place year-round at Stratford Friends School. Through a variety of projects, students learn to look beyond their own needs and discover that they can make a difference in their communities and in the world. In partnership with Community Action Agency of Delaware County, we run monthly Kids Helping Kids drives, collecting food, toys, clothing, toiletries, linens, and school supplies for families living in homeless shelters. Each month, students prepare casseroles for the Life Center of Delaware County, a shelter providing a hot meal to anyone in need. In honor of Martin Luther King Day of Service, our community comes together to pack 400 bag lunches that are distributed to several area homeless shelters. On Unity Day we raise money for a worthy cause chosen by the students and celebrate together with community-building games. Over the years, we’ve raised money for the SPCA, Habitat for Humanity, a school that experienced a devastating fire, and to buy bikes for children in India so they could go to school. Throughout the year, when a need arises our students are ready to help, holding a bake sale for hurricane victims, clearing invasive plants in a local park, collecting books for needy schools, and holding a read-a-thon for earthquake survivors.