t Westland each child has a commitment to their group, each group has a commitment to the school community, and the school has a responsibility to the greater community. Students learn responsibility to their group through a variety of classrooms jobs, and they learn responsibility to the school through participation in age-appropriate school-wide jobs. For example, our youngest children collect the trash throughout the school every day, and older groups are responsible for collecting the recycling and taking daily attendance.
These real-world jobs allow children to deeply experience the importance of their place in our community. Their jobs matter, and they learn that if they’re not done effectively, the community suffers. Students see that they can affect the community and help it run smoothly, and that in turn develops into an understanding that they can affect the larger world.