Manzano Day School has a strong commitment for supporting community activities that impact life outside of our school setting. Our service learning projects serve to instill a sense of civic responsibility in our students and provide them with an opportunity to experience cooperation, caring, empathy, generosity, and concern for others. Through community project involvement, students learn responsibility and develop skills of community engagement in addition to helping our community partners reach their organizational goals.
Every student at Manzano Day School participates in service learning activities. While these activities vary according to grade levels, the emphasis of our service learning projects is placed upon active student participation in planning and executing the activity. Projects have included interacting with residents in nursing homes; providing books, clothing, and school supplies for homeless children in Albuquerque; collecting, sorting and organizing food at a local food bank; and raising money for local animal shelters. In addition to these grade-level projects, our students have performed at Noonday Ministries, hospitals, nursing homes, and other community functions, as invited, to further their role in serving our larger community. Manzano Day School was recognized by Mayor Chavez and the city of Albuquerque for its commitment to community service in 2009.