Service Learning means using our education to make a difference in our community—at school, in the surrounding area, and around the world. We strive to provide service to people, animals, and the environment, and hope to foster a spirit of respect and willingness to serve. In the lower divisions, we learn about the issues needing student service, then help our students understand how that knowledge can be employed to ameliorate the problem.
To foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs, and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment.
- To enhance understanding of different cultures, ethnic groups, religions, and socio-economic levels.
- To implement positive change through active learning about, caring for, and interacting with the environment.
- To demonstrate care and concern for all animals.
- To help young people develop self-respect, confidence in themselves, and hope for the future.
We begin teaching our youngest students with these goals in mind. By the time they have required service projects in high school, we hope that they will have developed a passion for a cause, and their innate compassion will move them into action.
Service Project Examples
Annual All-School Projects include a food gathering for Thanksgiving and the Wrap-In for holiday gifts. In the spring, we have several drives which benefit different causes chosen by our students. One cause is H.O.P.E. which was founded by several students in the class of 2008. It is now a successful not-for-profit organization featured in the 2007-’08 school year on Good Morning America.
Some of the many ways in which CCDS students participate in worthwhile endeavors:
- Upper School students must complete 90 hours of service learning which is a requirement for graduation. Community Service Overview Service Verification Form
- The Upper and Middle Schools each have a Service Day in the fall. Students are placed by advisory at area agencies to work for the day.
- Each grade in the Elementary School adopts a project for the year. For example, the third grade collects pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House, and the fourth grade is in charge of recycling paper and educating other divisions about recycling and reusing.
- The Lower School hosts a Bike-a-Thon each spring to benefit local non-profit organizations and charities.