Community Service Programs

Community service is an integral part of the Eastern Point Day School experience and volunteerism is encouraged within our students and community. 

Through service to others we instill a sense of empowerment to make a difference in the world around us. Students experience the importance and joy of giving to others in need and realize this effort as its own reward. There will be opportunities for individual, local and global community service throughout the school year.

 

Individual Student Community Service

Students are required to give two to four hours of their time, depending on their grade level, in volunteer service to a worthy cause. Preschool students often work on group projects. Sample projects have included: Town-wide cleanup, Locks of Love, Gloucester Pride Stride, and taking care of animals at the Cape Ann Animal Shelter.  Students are recognized and given an award certificate in June.   

 

Open Door/Cape Ann Food PantRy Scavenger Hunt

Our school community is participating in the Open Door/Cape Ann Food Pantry Scavenger Hunt. Each month the Food Pantry distributes over 30,000 pounds of food to families in need in the local area. In November students and parents search for food items in their own pantry, which are then collected and delivered to the Food Pantry.  We also collect cans of soup on “Souper Bowl Sunday” for the Food Pantry. 

 

Action Shelter

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Action Shelter is a local homeless shelter serving Gloucester. Toiletry items and funds for Dunkin' gift cards for 40 gift bags, for men and women, are collected over the Fall and and delivered on Christmas Eve. 


Harvest Meal

 Once per trimester, our students and families donate food, prepare, and serve Friday Night meals at Trinity Congregational Church in Gloucester as part of the Cape Ann Harvest Meal Program.


Open Door/Empty Bowl Dinner

The Empty Bowl Dinner raises both hunger awareness and money to support services for needy Cape Ann families. Students will make bowls for this event and other family members may choose a handmade bowl crafted by artisans from the community.  The meal is simple-soup, bread and a cookie, but the message goes home with your bowl as a reminder-somewhere someone's bowl is always empty.