Community Service

Community Service

Check back for 2018-2019 events. If you are interested in helping with Community Service for next year, please contact any Board member! 


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 a drive to support SHARE, which assists the needy in Northern Virginia. Here are the dates of these scheduled activities:

  • Martha's Table Sandwich Making:
    • Martha's Table serves more than 2,500 sandwiches every day to needy citizens and has been helping D.C. area communities for over 37 years.
    • Fall 2018 Date TBA
      • Sandwich Making Participants: Grades 1, 3, 5. 3:30-4:00 p.m. in the CRS Cafeteria.
      • Food Donations: From 10/16-10/18 in the grey Community Service bins (front lobby, cafeteria, gym or outside most classrooms). All grades can participate in donations: K-2 pre-sliced bread; 3-6 pre-packaged lunch meat or cheese slices.
      • Permission Slips: These forms will be distributed via VIP or you can access here [link pending; PDF viewer required]. Please return to your student's teacher by TBA in order for your child to participate.
      • Pickup: Please arrive at the cafeteria no later than 4:00 p.m. to pick up your child (children attending SACC will be escorted back to the SACC room).
    • Spring 2019 Date TBA
      • Sandwich Making Participants: Grades K, 2, 4, 6. 3:30-4:00 p.m. in the CRS Cafeteria.
      • Food Donations: From 3/12-3/14 in the grey Community Service bins (front lobby, cafeteria, gym or outside most classrooms). All grades can participate in donations: K-2 pre-sliced bread; 3-6 pre-packaged lunch meat or cheese slices.
      • Permission Slips: These forms will be distributed via VIP or you can access here [link pending; PDF viewer required]. Please return to your student's teacher as soon as possible & no later than Tuesday 3/13 in order for your child to participate.
      • Pick-up: Please arrive at the cafeteria no later than 4:00 p.m. to pick up your child - typically sandwich making is finished by 4 p.m. Children attending SACC will be escorted back to the SACC room at the end of the event.
  • Holiday Toy Drive for Dogwood: December 2018 - dates TBA
    • 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 (link coming) to help collect gifts from the collection bins from TBA or to help deliver gifts to Dogwood on TBA. 
    • Find all the details about our annual toy drive, including shopping guidance and toy suggestions here.
  • Used Book Drive:  
    • Spring 2019, Date TBA
    • Gently used books and board games donations are collected in grey bins located throughout the school. All CRS teachers are invited to browse the donated items to add to their classroom libraries. Any books not taken by CRS staff will be donated to Dogwood Elementary.
  • SHARE Drive
    • Spring 2019, Date TBA
    • SHARE of McLean has been helping local families and our community since 1969.
    • Donations will be collected on TBA in the grey Community Service bins located around the school (front lobby, cafeteria, gym, etc.). A list of suggested items most needed by SHARE will be provided prior to the start of the collection period.

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 PTA Communications (email, social), the Churchill Chatter and your child’s VIP folder. Your time, attention and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated.