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, take care of others, and take care of our environment. 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.
Student-Initiated Service Projects
Many times students will see a need in the community and respond to it on their own or with the help of their classmates. For example, after visiting a local soup kitchen, students realized the importance of simple items such as soap. They came back to school and started a collection of travel-size soaps, shampoos, and other hygiene items.
Service projects are also used to expand what students are learning in the classroom. For example, third-graders visit Brookdale Assisted Living to play games and help with crafts with the elderly Alzheimer’s patients as part of their study of the brain.