Community Service

The Community Service Committee is currently seeking volunteers for the 2017-2018 school year.  If you are interested, please email the CRS PTA Executive Board by clicking here to inquire about ways you can get involved.

Mark your calendars now to participate with your child in this year’s community service activities. Parent and student volunteers are vital to the success of these projects. This year’s events include sandwich-making for the hungry and homeless served by Martha’s Table in Washington, DC; the holiday gift drive to benefit families at our buddy school, Dogwood Elementary, in Reston; and two drives to support SHARE, which assists the needy in Northern Virginia. Here are the dates of these scheduled activities:

  • October 18, 2017: Martha’s Table Sandwich Making – Grades 1, 3, 5. 3:30-4:15 p.m. in the CRS Cafeteria.
    • Food donations from 10/16-10/18 in Community Service bins (front lobby, cafeteria, gym or outside most classrooms) - K-2 pre-sliced bread; 3-6 pre-packaged lunch meat or cheese slices.
  • Week of December 4: Holiday Toy Drive for Dogwood 
    • Dogwood Elementary is our sister school in Reston, Virginia. Dogwood is a Title I school - the poverty rate is approximately 80%, which means 80% of the students receive free and reduced meals. Over the past several years, the CRS PTA has held a toy drive for the students of poverty at Dogwood. With the toys from the drive, Dogwood's parent liaisons hold a "Holiday Shop" prior to winter break to allow parents to shop for one gift for each of their Dogwood students. The Holiday Shop has provided nearly 400 students with gifts each year. You can learn more about the drive and Dogwood in this presentation (PDF viewer required).
    • Sign up to help collect gifts from the collection bins from 12/4-12/7 or to help deliver gifts to Dogwood on 12/8. 
    • Find all the details about our annual toy drive, including shopping guidance and toy suggestions here.
Holiday Toy Drive
  • February 2018: Used Book Drive
  • March 14, 2018 (tentative): Martha’s Table Sandwich Making – Grades K, 2, 4, 6. 3:30-4:15 p.m. in the CRS Cafeteria. 
    • Food donations from 3/12-3/14 in Community Service bins (front lobby, cafeteria, gym or outside most classrooms) - K-2 pre-sliced bread; 3-6 pre-packaged lunch meat or cheese slices.
  • Week of April 23, 2018 (tentative): Spring SHARE Drive

There are many ways your family can participate, such as donating food for sandwich making and the SHARE drive; helping to make sandwiches after school; and collecting, sorting, and delivering holiday gifts for families at our buddy school. As these events draw closer, we’ll be seeking volunteers. Look for more information throughout the school year in CRS's News You Choose and your child’s VIP folder. Your time, attention and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated.