Campus Life

Community Service

John Cooper students enrich their own lives and the lives of others in need through a deep voluntary commitment to a number of outreach activities. Featured among those initiatives are two projects that are entirely student-led and involve the participation of students from every grade level.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

The Habitat for Humanity Project is led by a steering committee of Upper School students, who along with additional student volunteers raise a portion of the necessary funding and construct a new home annually in partnership with the Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County.

Upper School student volunteers are responsible for the majority of the home’s construction, Middle School student volunteers participate in the painting of the home, and Lower School student volunteers plant flowers and provide landscaping. A dedication ceremony for Cooper’s 18th consecutive Habitat Home, affectionately called “The House That John Built XVIII,” is scheduled for April 2017.

EMPTY BOWLS

Students elected to Cooper’s chapter of the National Art Honor Society initiated the Empty Bowls Project in 2005 and since then have raised over $75,000 for hunger relief in our local community. Students from Pre-K through Grade 12, plus faculty, staff, and parents sculpt bowls for the Empty Bowls Luncheon that is held every February.

Lunch attendees are asked to donate $10 and in return enjoy a simple bowl of soup and bread, select a bowl to take home, and peruse other student artwork. A silent auction for select pieces adds to the funding that is raised to help fight hunger.




ADDITIONAL SERVICE

The Upper School Interact Club, sponsored by The Rotary Club of The Woodlands, makes “service above self” its mission. Whether volunteering locally with retired seniors or making an impact globally by sending school supplies to Nigeria, Interact Club students make a difference in our world.

The Physical Education Department combines “fun fitness” with information on maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle by sponsoring an annual “Jump Rope for Heart” event to raise funds the local chapter of the American Heart Association. Cooper’s volleyball teams partner with the Side Out Foundation to sponsor an annual “Dig Pink” week, including games and activities, to raise money for breast cancer research.


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