Community Service News

St. Andreans Strive to Rise Against Hunger

On March 10, 2018, while school was on its spring vacation, the St. Andrew's call to serve continued with its first on-campus Rise Against Hunger event. Partnering with local Rotary organizations and with the local meal kitchen Our Daily Bread, St. Andrew's assembled 30,000 meals to send to the world's most needy children. Faculty and staff members worked alongside local students, parents and Rotarians in the gym at 10 am on a sunny spring break Saturday to get the job done. In two hours, volunteers assembled 30,000 meals!

I was honored to work beside Athletic Director Al Wood, whose four children, Bryer '21, Caden '21, Tyler '21 and Chase facilitated the transfer of meals to weigh stations while Al sealed packages containing six nutritious meals per bag. Health Center Administrative Assistant Trish Carrico and her family assembled hundreds of meals of soy, rice, vegetables, and 23 essential vitamins. Photography teacher Joshua Meier and his wife Melissa worked with their two sons, Cyrus and Eli, packaging multiple crates of nutritious meals. Director of Sustainability Diana Burk sealed fortified meals with daughters Maddie and Ada. Facilities and Transportation Coordinator Karin Wright measured packages of highly nutritious dehydrated meals with her daughter Kaitlyn, now a junior at Middletown High School. Former Registrar Joyce Nelson and French teacher Diahann Johnson were also on hand, joining Health Assistant Kelly DelMatto-Foxwell, making an impact on world hunger by preparing and packaging hundreds of healthy meals. All of these hard-working St. Andrew's individuals and families worked alongside 300-plus other folks from the MOT Community, young and old, to build nutritional meals that will soon be shipped to needy families in every continent. While 30,000 meals only scratches the surface of the issue of world hunger, these meals will keep thousands of world's most vulnerable alive for another week. We believe we can end world hunger by 2030. That is the goal. If more communities get involved to keep this good work going, we can expand to 50,000 or even 100,000 meals next year!

Once you participate in a Rise Against Hunger event, it is hard to look the other way when faced with the desperate needs of the poor and hungry in our world. It takes more than money to raise awareness about important issues. Rise Against Hunger is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Their mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world's most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.

St. Andrew's School is known for its mission to serve the needy in the local community and also through organizations that reach out to communities in the wider world. Students of St. Andrew's work with younger students at local elementary and middle schools; they work with disabled youth and adults in Adaptive Aquatics; they bring hot meals to and talk with homeless men and women in shelters; and they host the annual Special Olympics festivals at St. Andrew's every fall.

It is obvious that the School community takes service seriously, working to end world hunger by hosting this event. Thanks to the work of Rotary of Southern New Castle County, the M.O.T. Rotary, Our Daily Bread, and St. Andrew's School, we know a lot more about world hunger and what it takes to feed hungry children as well as bring educational resources to their villages and communities.

May the good work continue throughout the spring.

Community Service

St. Andrew's student-lead community service program lies at the center of the School's commitment to developing habits of service in our students. We believe strongly that students should serve others because they want to, not because they have to (i.e. in order to fulfill a School requirement); for this reason, all student service work is voluntary. St. Andrew's offers students numerous opportunities to serve on the local, regional, and national or international levels, and over 70% of our students are involved in community service projects each year. Depending on the project, students may participate in programs individually, as a part of teams or organizations on campus, as dormitory groups, as a Form, and occasionally, as an entire School. All School service projects are selected and directed by a student committee (and supervised by a group of faculty).

Just going and doing service, say, forty minutes a week—that’s not really what we’re talking about in our mission statement. What we’re talking about is having a heart that is oriented toward serving other people.

Chaplain Jay Hutchinson

Tuesday afternoon service

No classes are held on Tuesday afternoons; during this time, students may elect to participate in one of a number of ongoing Tuesday service opportunities in our local community. Tuesday afternoon service include:

  • mentoring or tutoring local elementary and middle school students;
  • leading creative or athletic activities at the Middletown Boys & Girls Club; or
  • giving swim lessons to physically and mentally challenged children in the St. Andrew's pool.

Other weekly services opportunities include Friday night trips with faculty to serve dinner in homeless shelters in Wilmington, and teaching Sunday School to children attending services in the St. Andrew's Chapel.

annual service projects

Students also participate in semi-regular or annual School service events, such as:

  • food and material goods donation drives for people in need;
  • letter-writing campaigns;
  • fundraiser 5Ks and footraces;
  • local road clean-up;
  • blood drives;
  • Salvation Army bell-ringing;
  • Delaware Special Olympics events; and
  • service-learning trips within the U.S. and abroad. Recent trips have taken students to China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, New Orleans, and South Africa.