St. Luke's School encourages and fosters active involvement in serving our school, neighborhood, and world. A service learning approach links classroom curriculum to community service projects, and as a result, each class participates in one or more service activities annually.
The Outreach Committee of the Parents Association coordinates schoolwide service activities and publicizes opportunities to serve others.
Community service activities include:
- Fundraising for charitable organizations, such as UNICEF, City Harvest, Habitat for Humanity, and local social service agencies.
- Jog-a-thon: Students in Grades 3 - 8 run to raise funds for organizations selected by the students. In 2016, all funds went to Doctors Without Borders and Make-a-Wish Foundation.
- Collaborative projects with the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, including support for and service at the St. Clement's Food Pantry in midtown Manhattan and GO @ St. Luke's, a tutoring program for struggling public school students, which is held at St. Luke's on Saturdays during the school year.
- The Partners Program: Students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 2 meet weekly with their partner from an older grade. In Grade 3, students become older partners to their younger schoolmates.
- Grade 7 and Grade 8 Community Service: Students select individual and group service projects to work on throughout the school year. Past experiences have included partnerships with Peter’s Place, a homeless shelter for senior citizens; work at a New York food pantry; and participation in GMHC’s AIDS Walk NY.
- Upper School Student Representatives: Student Representatives discuss policies affecting St. Luke's School, make improvement suggestions, share ideas for social opportunities, and provide leadership for the school.