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Service beyond self is an integral part of daily life at Saint James'. It begins with simple classroom jobs and continues with greater opportunities for service through the School, Church, and community. Saint James' believes that even very young children benefit from the experience of making a difference in someone’s life. SJES students participate in a variety of monthly service projects to help others globally and locally:

  • Global projects - Through the years, Saint James' students have made a global impact by donating money to help build a well in Soroti, Uganda and making quilts that were raffled off at Mother's Day Tea with the proceeds sent to Haiti earthquake survivors, to name a few.
     
  • Blessing of the Animals/SPCA Collection - In October, SJES students collect wish list items for the Fauquier SPCA in conjunction with the Blessing of the Animals/the Feast of St. Francis.
     
  • Thanksgiving Food Drive - Every November, SJES students collect specific canned goods that are given to the local food banks.
     
  • Hats and Mittens for SAFE - During the holiday season, students decorate the School Christmas tree with women's and children's socks and mittens. The socks and mittens are then donated to SAFE, the domestic violence shelter that services Fauquier County.

Other local organizations supported by service projects include F.I.S.H., Virginia Preschool Initiative, Head Start, Fauquier Free Dental Clinic, and many others.

When students reach fifth grade, they are encouraged to find ways to apply their individual passions to meaningful, relevant projects that make a positive difference in the world.  The students select their causes in the fall and begin presenting their completed projects to the student body during morning assembly in February. Saint James' prepares students to lead with compassion and to live lives of genuine meaning and purpose.

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