One of the many strengths of St. Peter School is community engagement. Our close-knit, supportive and involved community enables students, faculty and parents to know each other and work collectively on behalf of our children and the greater community.
A major goal of St. Peter School education is to establish in students the Catholic ethic of concern for and service to others. Students regularly engage in service activities designed to foster social awareness, primarily through the Student Families program and Student Council. Last year, during the height of the pandemic, Student Families moved online, Student Council was put on hold, and unfortunately, community service was paused, too, For School Year 21 - 22, we are working to reinstate both programs and their valuable community outreach.
Traditionally, all students are members of a Student Family, which is led by Grade 8 students and includes representative students from every grade. Student Families engage in quarterly service projects, including preparing layette bags for the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center and Easter baskets for Everyone Home DC, or collecting donations of canned goods through the annual Greg Gannon Food Drive. When not engaging in community outreach, Student Families support inter-grade friendships and encourage mentorships.
Student Council elects officers and then leads canned food or winter-clothing drives and raises funds for a charitable organizations. Middle School students are required to perform 15 hours of community service each year.
In the classroom, students learn to care for and respect one another, and how to be good stewards of the earth. Through the implementation of Disciple of Christ-Education in Virtue, a Christian curriculum based on Catholic virtues, positive character traits are instilled in students. This program is taught in PK-Grade 8 and focuses on one virtue each month.
There are many community-building events throughout the year sponsored by the Home and School Association (HSA). See Home-School Association drop-down tab for more infornation on these programs and the required family volunteer hours, which may be reinstated in 2022.