citizenship

The chil­dren of Rain­tree, happy to skip off the beaten track and frolic in the world of adven­ture and do-goodness, have moved on to grap­pling with the umpteen small and great chal­lenges they face as members of our world: pre­serv­ing their for­est and study­ing the ani­mals and plants within it, rescuing cats, cleaning polluted waterways, and reminding grown-ups that sharks are beautiful (translation: not for shark fin soup!).

The Dog House
The Dog House

Sometimes they use hammers and sometimes a video camera. But however they choose to accomplish their goals, Raintree students use their skills and knowledge to make changes in their community.

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A Meeting of Minds
A Meeting of Minds

Action Projects at Raintree are started by kids and run by them. At Raintree, children of every age are empowered to visualize ways they can contribute to their community.

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Food for All
Food for All

Before Kitty PIzza finds a home, the children collect food from the community and take him on regular vet visits to bring him back to health.

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The Dog House
The Dog House

Sometimes they use hammers and sometimes a video camera. But however they choose to accomplish their goals, Raintree students use their skills and knowledge to make changes in their community.

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You say, “Civic engagement?”.  We say, “Of course!”  Cit­i­zens are many things:  creative, passionate, eager, dedicated, intelligent, and responsible.  So whether it's observ­ing and doc­u­ment­ing the hap­pen­ings of the nat­ural world and keep­ing tabs on the wild things you love; or spending four months writing and performing a PSA about poaching from oceans (in fully adorable kid-sewn costumes, mind you), the power of Raintree projects lies in that magic space where loving the place your in and wanting to make it better meets the optimism and creative-thinking of young children with agency.

At Rain­tree, our stu­dents delve into community-based projects as a way to find their place in the world and to make their voice heard. 

 

From our youngest stu­dents to each kinder­gartener, Rain­tree chil­dren are get­ting on with the actual busi­ness of chang­ing the world.  And the fol­low­ing needs to be said:  noth­ing looks bet­ter on a young child than muddy hands, a beam­ing smile, and heart full with a good deed well done!