A school like Spring-Mar cannot be successful without making deep connections in the community. We believe that offering support beyond our walls makes us a stronger school and sets the stage for an environment of generosity and consideration for others.
Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO)
For many years, Spring-Mar has supported ECHO, an all-volunteer charity that provides food, financial assistance, clothing, and household goods to low-income families and those with short-term emergencies.
At least once a year, Spring-Mar holds a food and personal items drive for ECHO. Our children often shop with their parents for items to donate and most of them deliver the goods to the collection boxes themselves. This program offers families a great teaching moment and opens the discussion for a child to understand the world outside their own.
Fairfax County Public Schools’ Early Literacy Program
Spring-Mar is proud to sponsor families from the Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Early Literacy Program.
The Early Literacy Program through FCPS is a free, interactive parent/child program offered in multiple languages to families with children ages 5 and under who are not currently enrolled in kindergarten. This program covers a wide variety of topics, is play-based, and helps children develop essential early literacy skills.
In the spirit of giving, we hold our annual “Panda Cares” project for the children involved in this program. Spring-Mar families select a child’s name and purchase gifts according to the child’s wish list. Three gifts are purchased for each child – an educational gift (book or puzzle), a small toy, and a needed item (shoes or coat). Several families have the privilege of delivering the presents to the classroom. The genuine joy and appreciation from the students, families and teachers is a wonderful gift for the Spring-Mar community. This is a hands-on experience for our students to learn how to help others in a meaningful way, and we look forward to future years with this program.