Green Hedges: Community Impact & Partners

Community Impact & Partners

Community Impact

Throughout the year, our students take the initiative to organize drives, bake sales, and other efforts to contribute to organizations like Food for Others and the Committee for Helping Others, which are local to Vienna, but also to organizations like World Central Kitchen, that work internationally. 

Rustic Love Vienna

Our Grade 8 students are partnering with Rustic Love Vienna to support the Vienna Foodies in their mission to feed first responders and those who are food insecure in the Vienna community. This effort is part of our larger #lovegrowshere community engagement initiatives in which we provide ways for students to responsibly and respectfully contribute to the improvement of their communities.

Grade 8 will be painting the Rustic Love Vienna yard signs for the Green Hedges Community. Signs ordered through the GHS Grade 8 project will be green with a white heart. All money collected by Grade 8 will go directly to the Vienna Foodies to support local restaurants in their mission to feed first responders and those who are food insecure in our community.

Georgetown University McDonough School of Business

Georgetown University MBA candidates partner with Green Hedges to conduct market research as part of Georgetown University’s Net Impact Club, whose mission is to inspire and equip emerging leaders to build a more just and sustainable world.

Working in close collaboration with a group of students, Green Hedges provides the tools, resources, and historic information and MBA candidates present a white paper of recommendations. 

Historic Vienna

Historic Vienna preserves and promotes Vienna’s history. Green Hedges School continues to be an active member of Historic Vienna and our Jazz Band performs at events like the Church Street Stroll and Walk on the Hill, both of which are Historic Vienna events in the community. The School was also featured in 2017 as one of Historic Vienna’s keepsake ornaments. 

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, located in Vienna, is part of the NOVA Parks system and includes 95 acres of ornamental display gardens and unique native plant collections. Only 4 miles from our campus, Meadowlark and Green Hedges have partnered since 2016. Matt Fisher, Green Hedges School’s Middle School Mathematics and Science teacher, as well as the guiding force behind the School’s Science and Native Garden, has spent summers since 2016 volunteering or working part-time at Meadowlark. Meadowlark also continues to serve as a valuable partner to Green Hedges in the development of the Science and Native Garden. The staff consults with Mr. Fisher on a regular basis and we are grateful to Meadowlark for donating a variety of native species of plants to Green Hedges.

The School’s relationship with Meadowlark continues to evolve as Grade 8 students volunteer there as part of their yearly spring internships. 

Star Cypress Partners

Star Cypress is founded on the belief that individuals, organizations, and societies can only make progress when they evolve through purposeful change. Star Cypress provides organizational strategy and change management consulting services to create positive, sustainable growth that is socially responsible and enables all stakeholders to thrive.

We are proud to partner with Star Cypress whose founder is Board of Trustees Chair Heidi Everett, on our work with Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and Wolf Trap Foundation’s Family Involvement Workshop this winter.

Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts

Wolf Trap Foundation is dedicated to creating excellent performing arts experiences for the enrichment, education, and enjoyment of diverse audiences. As part of its Family Involvement Workshops, Katherine Lyons, a master teaching artist, led a free interactive session at Green Hedges School providing children of preschool age (2-5 years old) and their parents an opportunity to share a stimulating live arts experience here on our campus.