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Service & Experiential Learning

Giving Back as a Lifelong Practice

The premise of the Service Learning program at CCES is fairly simple: we want our students to realize that they have a responsibility to take care of themselves, others, and the world around them.

We provide them with opportunities to give back to the community and to reflect on that experience. Our ultimate goal is to develop students who are engaged and empowered to play their part in changing the world.

In each division, students are exposed to many different service opportunities, allowing them to explore their own personal gifts and interests.

Middle School students present check to Front Porch Housing

Lower School

Beginning in 2nd grade, students go out into the community each week. Age appropriate projects are planned and implemented by the Service Learning Coordinator. In addition, school wide service projects, such as visiting and helping families in need during the holiday season, reinforce the emphasis on serving others throughout the year. 

Middle School

Students start in the earliest grades by learning to serve their school community, then step out to make a difference in the wider Greenville community. Ultimately, they begin to address global needs. Through this approach the lifelong practice of “giving back” becomes part of the moral development of every student at the school. 

 

Upper School

Upper School students have many different avenues for involvement in community service. Ample opportunities such as US service days during Homecoming Week and MLK Day of Service are provided throughout the year for students to participate as a group.

Some of the more popular sites for our students to volunteer are Meals on Wheels, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Serenity Place, United Ministries, and Habitat for Humanity.

Service opportunities by grade level

Thank you for reinforcing & instilling the spirit of giving & philanthropy in Brooks at such a young age in the Lower School through Meals on Wheels delivery. One of my favorite aspects of CCES is the community service involvement throughout all three divisions. Teaching young adults to be empathetic & give selflessly of their time changes not only the lives of those they minister to but their own lives as well. Thank you for being a part of the process & changing lives! 

Susan wienkeParent of Brooks '21

Personal Experience, Meaningful Reflection

The goal of experiential education is to provide authentic and challenging experiences that help students develop an understanding of self, others, and the environment. This is done through international mission experiences, class trips abroad, and many other avenues. 

junior at her internship

 

Junior Internship Program

The Internship Program at Christ Church Episcopal School was established to provide real world exposure to career opportunities by leveraging connections within the CCES community. The goal of this program is to enrich our students’ career exploration process through real life experiences. The entire process begins in the fall of each student's junior year and includes writing a personal statement, experiencing the interview process, and exploring possible career options. Students then apply for 1-2 week summer internships prior to their senior year.  This entire process provides students with a framework for professional skills that will aid them as they prepare for college and beyond. During their internship, students are mentored by a professional in a possible field of interest. Mentors are local alumni, parents, or friends of the school who want to engage and invest in our students.

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upper school service day