At AUCP, we are deeply committed to fostering a sense of community that extends beyond the walls of our classrooms. Our belief in the importance of community is woven into the fabric of our curriculum, where we instill values of kindness, empathy, and active participation in our students.

Community building is at the core of AUCP’s philosophy. This is achieved through various means, including in-person pick-up and drop-off of children, organizing social activities, offering onsite continuing education opportunities, providing support through “meal trains” for families with new babies or facing hardship, and fostering day-to-day interactions among parents in the classroom.

Key highlights of our community initiatives include:

  1. Social and Fundraising Committee: This committee serves as the heartbeat of our AUCP family, organizing extracurricular events that bring our community together. These events create opportunities for families to connect beyond the regular school environment, fostering a sense of belonging and camaraderie.
  2. Community Outreach Committee: Dedicated to building connections with the broader Arlington community, our Community Outreach Committee spearheads initiatives aimed at making a positive impact. We engage in various projects and events that contribute to the well-being of our local community.

Notable recurring community outreach events include:

  • Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) Donations: Regular contributions of produce harvested from our classroom garden over the summer and a non-perishable food drive in the fall to support AFAC’s mission.
  • Holiday Coat Drive: Collaborating with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington’s holiday coat drive, benefiting local organizations and individuals in need.
  • Soldiers’ Angels Treats for Troops: Hosting a Halloween Candy Drive to collect and send extra candy to VA hospitals, bases, and guard and reserve units.
  • Community Beautification Projects: Participating in park beautification on MLK Day and organizing our annual clean-up work party at Long Branch Nature Center.
  • Support for Seniors: Creating Valentine’s Day cards for the Arlington Mill senior center to spread joy and connection.
  • Bake Sale for a Cause: Hosting bake sales with proceeds benefiting Doorways for Women and Families, contributing to important community services.
  • Refugee Family Support: Collaborating with the Immigrant & Refugee Outreach Center to provide support to Afghan refugee families through in-kind donations, fundraisers, and benefits application assistance.
  • Diaper Drive and Household Goods Collection: Collecting diapers and household goods for Doorways for Women and Families to support families in need.

These outreach efforts reflect our commitment to instilling a sense of social responsibility in our students and actively contributing to the well-being of our local community. We believe in the power of collective action to make a positive impact, and we invite all members of our AUCP family to join us in these meaningful endeavors.