Community Service


For more than half a century, students and teachers at Sandia Prep and the original Sandía School have been engaged in service to the wider community. 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. For many, their experience at Sandia Prep forms the foundation for a lifelong commitment to service and volunteerism.


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

Project About Project
Zapatos Founded by SPS students in 1992, this program pairs elementary students in need with SPS Upper Schoolers, who provide shoes, socks and mentoring. SPS students raise all necessary funds through work projects, such as parking cars at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
Storehouse SPS community service groups gather donations and volunteer on-site at a local food bank.
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 and more. 
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 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 also serve as judges for Mission Avenue School's science fair.
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. SPS National Honor Society members tutor elementary students.  SPS community service groups members 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.
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.
United Blood Services Blood Drive SPS 7th grade students sponsor an annual Blood Drive on campus. 
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 New Direction
    • 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 the Community Service Director

Contact Information

Paul Huitt
SPS Community Service Director