Olivet fosters effective communities at the classroom, school, church, and neighbourhood levels. As the school is connected to a church, church members are involved members of the community, often volunteering to do things with the school and share their time and talents. Parents are also welcome to get involved in school life and events, and school families are made very welcome at church events. Every year there is a fall picnic to which alumni are invited, and students who have graduated have the opportunity to stay connected with each other through participation in youth groups at the church. I am still in contact with many of my former Olivet classmates many years later, some of whom have continued to be involved with the church and others who have not.
The nice thing about the Olivet School community is that it extends into the Olivet Church community as well. Students may perform songs for special church services and I think it's nice for the child to see so many different community members supporting them -- not just their parents. As an alumni of Olivet, I always feel welcome! I am recognized and greeted by name as soon as I walk into the building. I love visiting my former teachers there and noticing the different changes around the classrooms and buildings. Yes, I am certainly in touch with some of my former classmates since graduating Olivet! My closest friend and I both graduated from Olivet and we have a unique bond because of that. She was even a bridesmaid at my wedding! I am also close with her younger sister who graduated a few years after us. A foreign student from Puerto Rico joined my class for 2 years and I am still friends with her today, despite her moving back.