Community Service

Community Service is a very important part of life at Mason Prep, and our students, faculty, staff and families are involved in various service projects. Our City Council sponsors many projects that our entire school supports, and students participate in the Jump Rope for Heart initiative through their physical education classes. In addition, our eighth grade students complete twenty hours of community service as a part of their education in becoming contributing members of their society. 

SERVICE LEARNING PROJECTS

Mason Prep incorporates Service Learning Projects into the curriculum of each grade level to help our students understand that service is more than bringing in a can of food or a dollar for a certain cause. During these projects, students learn about their chosen issue or challenge, brainstorm ways they can have a positive impact on the issue, and complete a project to contribute to a solution.

Service Learning Projects for 2016-17 included:
• Miss Rett’s kindergarteners collected supplies to send to the LAMB Institute Orphanage in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
• Miss Elliott’s kindergarteners made a presentation to the school which focused on the importance of clean water in developing countries. KE helped in this effort by participating in Water Mission’s Walk for Water.
• First graders partnered with Omukali Villages Arise, a non-profit working with women and children in Uganda to improve economic and educational outcomes within their villages. Students held a read-a-thon and raised over $3000 to help sponsor a trip to Uganda this summer where the non-profit will continue working with women and children in rural Ugandan villages.
• Second graders collaborated with our music teacher to learn songs they performed during a visit to the Bishop Gadsden retirement community. Students also taught songs and motions to the residents, with the goal of bringing joy to others through music and movement. 
• Third graders welcomed a speaker from Sanders-Clyde Elementary who talked with students about the similarities and differences between that school and Mason Prep. The children put on a coat drive in November, collecting over 150 coats for the students and families at Sanders-Clyde.
• Fourth and fifth graders participated in the Kindred Kids Project with the local non-profit WINGS for Kids. This project paired our students with pen pals from North Charleston Elementary School. The students exchanged letters, and got together twice during the school year, once at each school.
• Sixth graders completed individual research projects about the natural history of an individual species of endangered turtle or tortoise or about broader conservation efforts which affect turtles and tortoises. They also visited the Turtle Survival Center.
• Seventh graders focused on hunger in the Lowcountry. They volunteered at an I Heart Hungry Kids packing party and coordinated a food drive which collected over 746 pounds of food, providing 621 meals to local families.
• Eighth graders visited the Charleston Animal Society and then made toys and other items such as treats, beds, rope toys, and blankets for the animals there.

Mason Preparatory School
56 Halsey Blvd Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-0664 (843) 723-1104