Presbyterian Day School | Service Learning



Service Learning

Service Learning is a vital part of the PDS community. As we develop boys in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man, service learning helps our boys gain insight into challenges faced by others and the satisfaction from knowing they have helped in some way.

In addition to connecting with our mission, service learning connects with the seven virtues of our Building Boys, Making Men program. As a “Servant Leader,” we teach our students to use leadership skills to serve others, and as a “Moral Motivator” they learn to make a positive impact in their community.

Much of our service learning is integrated in our curriculum by engaging in creative problem-solving and relationship-building to connect to the needs of our community whether at a local, national, or global level.

In addition to connecting to our curriculum, service learning helps our boys gain empathy and an appreciation for a variety of experiences and backgrounds. They learn important communication skills, and it instills a lifelong commitment to service while giving them an opportunity to do real work and develop real skills.

Examples of our Service Learning Projects:


In the PDS EDGE Studio, 4th graders engaged in design thinking and found creative ways to raise funds to build a well for a community in Africa.

Costa Rica Service Learning Trip

Every other year, our 5th- and 6th-graders participate, through the World Leadership School, in a service learning project for the Chilamate School as they immerse themselves in serving for a week in Costa Rica.

Lemonade Stand for a Cause

Each year, a group of elementary students learn aspects of business by running a lemonade stand. Proceeds from the stand provide schooling for a child in Africa.

Partnership with Berclair Elementary

PDS partners with Berclair School in Memphis in a variety of ways.


  • Early Childhood students collect tab tops for the Ronald McDonald House.
  • Second grade participates in Operation Christmas Child Boxes for children around the world.
  • Third grade collects toys at Christmas for the children of Porter Leath.
  • PDS also partners with the Neighborhood Christian Center by providing a school-wide food drive, and 5th graders participate in a candy drive for Halloween.