Our mission is not only to nurture each student’s individual potential and passion for lifelong learning, but also to develop a sense of world community. That sense begins with the culture of our school, in which we embrace diversity and cultivate a climate of respect and kindness. From the very beginning, children learn how to help one another, and expand on that by service to others near and far.
Our more formal service projects vary somewhat from year to year, based on needs, opportunities, and student suggestions. Here are some typical service projects:
Upper elementary student helpers perform various helpful tasks in CVMS classrooms or offices.
Throughout the school, we participated in a Coats for Kids drive.
Students raise funds for Chemung County SPCA and UNICEF.
At holiday times, each class donated needed and wished-for items to an “adopted” family identified through the Family Service Society.
Throughout the year, students collected books for the Chemung Valley Family Reading Partnership’s Bright Red Bookshelves.
On Nurture Nature Day, students and parents complete a variety of projects to improve our outdoor environment, including sprucing up school grounds, painting storage sheds, and planting flowers and trees.
CVMS Junior Girl Scout Troop 4 and Brownie Troop 791 hold food drives for the Big Flats Community Food Pantry at the First Presbyterian Church.
In addition, CVMS participates annually in the worldwide Peace Day, established by the United Nations in 1981. The event now includes millions of people around the globe in all kinds of events. CVMS students join in with nearly 70,000 students in every time zone in singing “Light a Candle for Peace.” In their classes, students discuss the work of the United Nations and the value of peace.