The Village School's athletic department is actively engaged in the Houston community. Not only do we want to teach our athletes how to be great teammates, competitors and sportsman, but our athletic administration and coaches work hard to teach them how to be servants in our community. Over the course of the 2017-18 school year, our athletes have graciously volunteered their time at Open Door Mission and Barbara Bush Elementary.
Open Door is a drug and alcohol recovery program and transitional living home. We send our boy's teams to their location multiple times per year to help them prepare food for the men living there. The boys are tasked with preparing food for over 100 men, organizing their freezer and pantry, making sack lunches for the week, cleaning, and serving the meal at the end of the day. It is a wonderful experience when you see the people you are helping and makes it that much more meaningful because of the personal interaction and bond that's instantly formed.
Our girls teams go to Barbara Bush Elementary to work with their Special Needs Program on a weekly basis. The frequency of our visits make this project so unique. It has made a service project into something greater- a friendship. Our teams look forward to visiting with them each week. We have the opportunity to get to know each person and be part of their social development and play a small part in helping each student grow. We are always greeted with hugs and smiles and look forward to a lasting relationship with them in years to come.