Community Engagement

"What am I doing to help?" That's the question each Aspen Country Day School student learns to ask -- and answer -- through our programs in Community Engagement. Here are some of the ways we take our commitment to responsible citizenship beyond our campus and into the wider world.

New for 2016-17: Valley Food for Thought


Starting in September 2016, a new program to involve all grades in preparing backpacks full of nutritious food. These are delivered to needy children in local schools -- children who might otherwise go hungry on the weekends when school lunch is not available.

Longtime partnership with Shining Stars


A long partnership between ACDS and this organization has benefitted hundreds of children suffering from cancer. Shining Stars brings a group each year to Aspen for a holiday. Our students collect donations of toys and ski gear, hold bake sales to raise funds, and often ski with the Shining Stars when they are in town.

Day of Community Engagement


This day involves all students in the school for a variety of projects. The 2016 Day of Service, held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, had students fanning out all over town: an interactive art project in downtown Aspen, helping out at the homeless shelter to create a meal for needy people, visiting seniors, and bringing homemade dog biscuits to the puppies at the animal shelter.

Tree planting on Independence Pass


With our partners at the Independence Pass Foundation, students work each fall to plant trees and prevent erosion on the high alpine slopes near the Continental Divide. Middle School students traditionally do this project during the fall Outdoor Ed trips; oftentimes Kindergarteners will visit the planting sites to water and tend to the trees.

UNICEF


Second Grade students participate in the worldwide collection for UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund. They learn about the work of this organization and, at Halloween, "trick or treat for UNICEF" in costume.

World Leadership School program


Seventh Graders travel, together with teachers from ACDS and leaders from the World Leadership School, to the Sacred Valley of Peru in June. This Collaborative Leadership Program is a life-changing experience where students from different cultures learn and work together at a rural partner school in a carefully chosen location. The goal: to nurture students' ability to see the world from different perspectives. More about the Peru program for summer 2016.

Student-led projects: book drives and more


Oftentimes, a particular idea will strike a chord with our students, and they take that idea and run with it. Teachers and parents stand by for support, but the children themselves are the leaders. One example was a recent "book drive" that a Fifth Grade class held to raise money for a charity that provides farm animals to needy families overseas.

Senior Center visits and companionship


With the assisted living facility Whitcomb Terrace right down the street from school, students enjoy stopping by periodically to visit the seniors who reside there. The Fourth Graders visit each holiday season to perform their songs for the school concert, the Holiday Sing, for an appreciative audience of seniors.

Leadership Elective in Middle School


An elective class for Sixth to Eighth Graders has launched such student-driven projects as a Coat Drive at the holidays and  movie nights to fund student activities. The group also leads the ever-popular "Spirit Week" at ACDS, when students have certain designated costume days: Pajama Day, Crazy Hair Day, Superhero Day, and more.

Jump Rope for Heart


Of the many great causes to support, the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart is one of the most popular at Aspen Country Day School. Children participate by recording their jumping time and gathering pledges to support heart research.
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