At Stone Ridge, service is not about changing the world but about laying the foundation
and tending the change for future generations to water and cultivate.
- Samantha Crane '20
Social Action at Stone Ridge isn’t just an exercise in charity or a fulfillment of community service hours. It allows students to develop relationships with people in need, and through these relationships, lives are transformed.
St. Madeleine Sophie Barat knew that when a child knows that she is loved by God she can transform the world. Every part of our Social Action program is rooted in this fundamental insight. Stone Ridge students recognize their capacity to transform, to become powerful agents of God’s love and compassion, and to step out of their comfort zones to serve the poor, marginalized, and suffering in our region and throughout the world.
Social Action Wednesdays
Twice a month throughout the academic year, Upper School students leave campus to learn about issues of human dignity and to support people in need. On these Social Action days, you’ll see Stone Ridge girls in over forty locations in the greater Washington, DC area visiting elderly residents of assisted living facilities; supporting students and adults impaired by physical disabilities; repairing bikes for low-income people in developing countries; cleaning up a park or advocating for care and protection of our natural environment; learning about local and international issues of human rights abuses; attending to children and supporting teachers in public, charter, and Catholic schools; distributing donated goods for individuals and families facing economic hardship; and, visiting, assisting, or preparing food for the homeless of our region.
In School Activities
In all divisions a wide range of student social action initiatives occur throughout the year, which include fundraisers for particular causes or organizations, awareness-raising campaigns on local and global issues, and drives to collect food and home goods for families in our region.