At St. Margaret's, students learn how to be a contributing member of a community. In fact, more than 90% of our alumnae report that they actively contribute to some form of community service after they graduate. Our community service program takes the lessons learned on campus and expands them into the world. Each student is required to spend at least 12 hours each year in approved service activities - and many students go way beyond that. Students have the opportunity to make a difference on campus and off. There are community service opportunities available as a part of weekend activities. Some examples include helping the Haven Women's Shelter, holiday bell ringing and stocking stuffing for the Salvation Army, painting and gardening with Operation Inasmuch, facepainting at the Urbanna Oyster Festival, volunteering at the Tappahannock Farmer's Market, and river clean up with the Friends of the Rappahannock.
Art for Community Service
The Fine Arts Department enriches both the SMS community and the surrounding community by its participation in service projects, performances, and local contests. The Art for Community Service program meets in the afternoons. They travel to the Essex Public Library to teach elementary age children art techniques and art history. The group has also contributed art installations to the Essex County Museum, Tappahannock Town Hall, and Riverside Tappahannock Hospital.
St. Margaret's offers a community service trip to Nicaragua during Minimester. Through Outreach 360, this trip offers a wonderful opportunity to serve others in a very unique environment. Working with an orphanage in the Nicaragua, students teach English to local children, play and spend time with children outside the classroom, participate in work projects, and learn about the history and culture of the country.