Community Service

A Tradition of Service

At Sandia Prep, our long tradition of community service dates all the way to our predecessor school, the Sandía School for Girls (1932-1942).  Our students and faculty have been giving back to the community – locally, nationally and internationally – since the school’s beginnings.

We believe that each person can make a difference in the lives of others. With guidance from adult supervisors, student volunteers choose, lead and direct all community service projects at Sandia Prep.

More than 90 percent of students are involved in Sandia Prep’s voluntary Community Service Program. Through student-led projects, Sandia Prep students discover the joy of service to others while making a positive impact in the community.  By encouraging students to serve, we hope to cultivate lifelong servant leaders who will continue to make a difference in their communities long after they leave us.  


Some of the many service projects led by our students include:

Founded by SPS students in 1992, this program pairs elementary students in need with SPS Upper School volunteers, who provide shoes, socks and mentoring. SPS students raise all necessary funds through work projects.

Libros y Niños
Sandia Prep students raise money and provide books and mentoring to local elementary children in need.

Storehouse and Roadrunner Food Bank                        
SPS community service groups gather donations and volunteer on-site at a local food banks.

Cuidando Los Niños                                     
Sandia Prep students help at a daycare for homeless children.

Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation                                     
SPS community service groups lend a hand with patient/family events by sewing and filling holiday stockings.

Ronald McDonald House
Sandia Prep 9th graders clean the facility and provide dinner for guest families. 

Special Olympics                                     
SPS 8th graders assist with various Special Olympics sporting events; SPS community service groups “adopt” and Students cheer on delegations of athletes with disabilities during state competitions.

Bosque Restoration                                     
Sandia Prep students assist with Bosque reclamation efforts.

Mission Avenue Elementary                                     
Students help with the “Turkey Trot,” an annual Thanksgiving celebration at Mission Avenue Elementary School. Students serve as judges for Mission Avenue School's science fair and lend a hand with other school initiatives.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters                                     
SPS community service groups mentor younger children.

Services for the Elderly                                     
SPS 6th graders clean homes for the elderly through the Senior Affairs Department.

Los Ranchos Elementary                                     
Sandia Prep 9th graders tutor elementary students.
National Honor Society members tutor elementary
Sandia Prep student volunteers partner with 5th grade students as writing buddies.

Friends In Time                                     
SPS baseball team members volunteer time to help those with Multiple Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS).

Albuquerque Rescue Mission                                     
SPS basketball team members help to serve food.

Boys Club of Rio Rancho                                     
Sandia Prep soccer team members run a soccer clinic for members of the Boys Club.

United Blood Services Blood Drive
SPS 7th grade students sponsor an annual Blood Drive, one of the largest school blood drives in the state.

Katrina Recovery Trip
SPS 11th and 12th graders traveled to Pass Christian, Mississippi to aid residents after Hurricane Katrina.

Mexico Trip                                     
SPS Upper School Spanish language students traveled to Mexico to create a park, install playground equipment, conduct art activities and plant trees in the community of Rancho de Colorada, Mexico.


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Roadrunner community service

How to Get Involved

Here are some of the ways that you can get involved as an SPS student:

  1. Volunteer through existing SPS organizations that participate in the Community Service Program, such as: 
    • Student Government Association
    • Upper School Helping Hands
    • Middle School Helping Hands
    • Various Athletic Teams
    • National Honor Society
    • Foreign Language Clubs
    • Outdoor Leadership Program
  2. Work on a community service projects with your advisory group
  3. Join other ongoing service projects at SPS
  4. Start new projects with the help of a faculty advisor.

Contact Information

Paul Huitt
SPS Community Service Coordinator