Creating leaders for tomorrow.
Leaders strive to better the lives of others. Our outreach into the local and global communities allows students to learn about the life situations of their neighbors both near and far and inspires them to take action. Empathetic leaders seek solutions that will positively impact the world. Our students learn at a young age that collectively, they can make a powerful difference in improving the lives of those in need.
The idea of “service to others” is woven into the fabric of the Lower School experience. Working through our FAMILIES program, students participate in both service projects and service learning. Children from multiple grades regularly meet to work together on a service project to benefit a charitable organization. For over 20 years, the Lower School has partnered with Mobile Meals, and every student who has come through the Lower School still remembers the holiday cards and ornaments they made with their FAMILY for that program. In addition, those students who develop a strong interest in assisting others can join the Lower School Spartan Service Club.
Building on the theme that service is true leadership, our Middle School students begin to think outside of themselves and reach beyond their comfort zones. They assess how their talents can benefit others and how their combined efforts can improve a situation. They serve as tutors at the Boys & Girls Club, collect money to provide Christmas gifts for less fortunate families, and sponsor drives that gather needed items for those in distress. In addition, as part of the Middle School's annual holiday service days, students lend a hand at numerous charitable organizations – a unique opportunity for our young people to experience the impact they can have on their community first-hand.
A sense of civic responsibility grows stronger in our older students. Many dedicate their service efforts to a specific organization or initiative. Their work has no boundaries as students realize that global needs are just as great as those in the community. Much of the work has a true service learning focus as students delve deeper into why a situation has transpired and how they can be part of a long-term solution. Most students easily surpass the 15-hour service requirement in each grade as they become inspired and empowered change-makers.