Nurturing Sense of Community Service — At Nishimachi a strong sense of community service begins in Kindergarten. Our philosophy is "to nurture in our students the natural response to want to contribute to their communities, local, global and immediate, and to develop a life-long commitment to community service." Students have opportunities to contribute to, and participate in, a variety of community service projects.
Our School-wide Learning Expectations are very important for our students. As Global Ambassadors we would like the students to:
- demonstrate responsible participation, cultural awareness, compassion and respect for others
- build bridges through multilingual and multi-cultural experiences, and function as open-minded community contributors
- strive to be ethical and respectful of the natural environment
- develop a personal sense of and commitment to community service
As a school community we provide opportunities school-wide and within the grade level curriculum where the students can follow the above descriptors.
The Kirivorn School in Cambodia
The Kirivorn School is a primary school in rural Cambodia sponsored and built by Nishimachi in partnership with World Assistance for Cambodia/Japan Relief for Cambodia. Since 2001, Nishimachi students have organized various activities and events to raise funds for the maintenance and annual operational expenses of the school. We are committed to an ongoing partnership with Kirivorn, and various Nishimachi teachers and families have gone to Cambodia to visit the school. You can also read articles on Kirivorn in the Community Service News Archives.
In addition to ongoing support for the Kirivorn School, Nishimachi students promote and support the work of various NPOs/NGOs, including World Wildlife Fund, O.G.A. For Aid, Second Harvest Japan, Room to Read and HandsOn Tokyo. Service opportunities for students include visiting the tsunami-affected areas in Tohoku, organizing food drives and clothing drives, helping with the school’s annual community service flea market, car-washes, bake sales, and fundraising to help disaster-affected areas of the world.