Service Learning

Community Service Organizations:

Each division has a student leadership organization dedicated to Community Service:
  • Lower School – Community Service Club-Ashley Miller, Faculty Sponsor (Open to interested students in grade 4)
  • Middle School – SOCKS  (Serving Our Community Kids Style) –Sherry Oelkers, Ali Bonnell, Faculty Sponsors
  • Upper School – Service League –Drew Johnson, Faculty Sponsor
 
The faculty sponsors serve as the division's Service Representatives and meet on a regular basis to coordinate efforts among divisions and to approve Community Service Project Proposals.

Upper School Community Service Graduation Requirement

St. Catherine’s Upper School has a 25-hour per year service requirement for each Upper School student.
Each student must log her volunteer hours on the St. Catherine’s website under SaintsNet Community Service Internal Page. A student is expected to log her hours annually, no later than May 1. Seniors must log their hours no later than the week after spring break. Completing the form immediately after hours are completed is strongly recommended. 

“What we keep we lose; only what we give remains our own.”

 
Service and giving are at the core of the St. Catherine’s School motto and our mission. By engaging in service learning and completing community projects, St. Catherine’s students in grades JK-12 are supported in developing a lifelong commitment to serving others and their community. Through service, the school strives to empower young people and help them make connections to what is meaningful and powerful in their lives.
 
St. Catherine’s School engages its members in service to the community for three essential purposes:
  1. To develop commitment and strengthen character education, while teaching students about the importance of philanthropy
  2. To support community needs and long term partnerships
  3. As a central part of our identity as an Episcopal School
Ultimately, community service empowers young women to serve the common good and answer the call of vocation.
Vocation as defined:

“where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” — Fredrick Buechner
 
Service Projects:
St. Catherine’s service projects typically fall under the following three categories:
  1. Student driven projects
  2. Service Learning as part of a class
  3. Community partnerships
    • Long-term support
    • Support of short term organizational needs
Community service projects may be suggested by any member of the St. Catherine’s community. Each suggestion will be reviewed and given full measure of consideration, but annual commitments are limited. To ensure each project receives the appropriate review and that St. Catherine’s does not make commitments that cannot be fulfilled, the school has a project approval process. In addition, if the community service project requires fundraising, a fundraising permission form must also be submitted for approval.

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