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Lower School

A spirit of philanthropy begins early and is cultivated often at The Bolles School. On both lower school campuses, students develop a better sense of compassion – and the courage and integrity they will need to make servant leadership a foundation of their character. This begins each and every day with students reciting the Bolles motto (The Bolles Way: Pursuing Excellence Through Courage, Integrity and Compassion). Students also attend character classes throughout the school year.

Individual grades and classes often participate in various service initiatives, particularly during the holidays. The C.H.A.M.P.S. (Children Helping and Making Positive Strides) club provides students a first-time opportunity to join a group on their own volition to pursue service projects. Campus-wide service projects generate a larger volume of activity. On the Whitehurst Campus, students join middle and upper school peers in a food drive for Woodland Acres Elementary School. Lower School Ponte Vedra Beach Campus students engage in an annual, all-grade physical challenge that makes food and can collection a competitive giving lesson. Students’ families and friends pledge donations for the number of laps students are able to run in P.E. The collected food students generate goes to the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation – in recent years, students have collected more than 10,000 cans!

On the Lower School Whitehurst Campus, an important rite of passage is the fifth graders’ annual Dreams Come True fundraiser and party. During the year, students stage fundraisers and prepare gifts for an ill child served by the organization. Toward the end of the school year, the “dreamers” and their families come to a special party hosted by the fifth graders. Bolles students regale their special friend with games, food and gifts – in addition to the trip or experience they have helped sponsor. In lower school, Bolles students begin to understand that serving others is the best way to help themselves.

Planting Seeds of Goodness