Everyone at Nightingale, from the Lower School to the Parents Association, recognizes a responsibility to our larger community; our commitment to community service is integral to educating the minds and hearts of our students.
Nightingale looks at community service from both a local and global perspective. By focusing less on raising money and more on raising awareness, our aim is to engage students in causes for which they can do actual service not only during their time at Nightingale but for a lifetime. In the younger grades, girls participate in a variety of community-minded activities such as writing letters to soldiers overseas and serving meals to the elderly. Middle School students take part in joint service projects with nearby boys’ schools. Throughout the Upper School experience, students serve their community both within the school—for example, by tutoring younger students, working in the library, or giving admissions tours—and outside the blue doors as well. Eighth- and ninth-grade civic engagement projects are built into the curriculum and underscore the link between classroom learning and real world issues. The goal of all of these programs is to instill a lifelong commitment to service and civic responsibility.
Organizations with whom our students have worked this year
Friday Lunch at All Souls, Meals on Heels, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, Terence Cardinal Cooke, Golden Age Club of Breezy Point, Yorkville Common Pantry, New Alternatives For Children, Pediatric Cardiology Unit at Mt. Sinai Hospital, Association to Benefit Children, ASPCA, Project Cicero, City Harvest, Sisulu Walker Charter School of Harlem, South Bronx Classical Charter School, Unleashed
Recently, the Nightingale community participated in our annual Family Service Day. Students and parents took part in many different projects, including hosting a special reunion of the Golden Age Club from Breezy Point, Queens. Click on the image above to view a NBC News segment about the visit, and click here to read more about the day.