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La Jolla, California


Community Service

Gillispie Makes an Impact Beyond its Campus!

Every grade level each year at Gillispie participates in a community service project with a chosen charitable organization. These projects are “service-learning” experiences that serve as real-life applications of the Gillispie Values that help to create forward-thinking individuals of character.

In addition to these grade-level projects, The Gillispie School parents, faculty, staff, and students participate in a number of community service initiatives throughout the year. Some of the organizations we have worked with and projects we participated in include:

Girl Scouts’ Kids’ Newsday for Rady Children’s Hospital
Girl Scouts’ Operation Thin Mint for U.S. troops
All-school collection of art supplies for The Monarch School
All-school collection of Halloween candy for U.S. troops
Donations from purchase of Gillispie’s Art Day pins given to Vista Hill’s children’s art programs
Coastal Cleanup Day at Fiesta Island on Mission Bay
Project Concern International Walk for Water
Helen Woodward Animal Shelter
Trick or Treating for UNICEF
St. Vincent de Paul Village Library
St. Vincent de Paul Village (food service to those in need)
Kids’ Newsday for Rady Children’s Hospital
Operation Thin Mint (Girl Scout troop support for troops)
Basket Brigade (Thanksgiving food baskets)
Save June Bug Day
Observing a day for the “Vow of Silence” efforts of Free the Children
Collecting food items, making ornaments & dental hygiene collection for Children with a Vision OrphanageTie-dying t-shirts for patients at Rady Children’s Hospital
Operation Shoebox (Halloween candy for troops)
Rady Children’s Hospital Teen Lounge
Armed Services YMCA of San Diego
Neighborhood Caroling for the Holidays
Project Concern International Walk for Water
Free the Children (Vow of Silence)
Project Wildlife
San Diego Food Bank
San Diego Blood Bank Blood Drive
Cancer Prevention/Education Fair (led by students for students)
Plastics and Cans Recycling
Lead-Serve-Succeed projects

Local participation by The Gillispie School’s Choir:
  • Caroling in the neighborhood for the holidays (on-going)
  • Caroling at Riford’s La Jolla Community Center (December 2010-2013)
  • Caroling at the UTC’s Westfield Mall (December 2014)
  Local participation by School:

  • La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival
  • Kiwanis Junior Olympics
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