The Service Learning program is a critical component of a CCES education. As a Christian school, CCES is committed to developing a servant attitude in our students through service learning. The Service Learning program at CCES strives to develop within all students a personal value system of responsibility to the community. In each division, students are exposed to many different service opportunities, allowing them to explore their own personal gifts and interests.
For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Jarrett, Director of Service & Experiential Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starting in the Earliest Grades
The Service Learning program at CCES focuses in four critical areas: health, education, culture, and environment. 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.
In the Lower and Middle Schools, students participate in service at the grade level, with small groups being taken each week into the community. The Service Learning Coordinator plans and implements age-appropriate projects for each grade. In addition, schoolwide service projects, such as visiting and helping families in need during the holiday season, reinforce the emphasis on serving others throughout the year.
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.
A Requirement in the Upper School
Upper School students have many different avenues for involvement in community service. All students are required to volunteer 15 hours a year with service projects approved by the Service Learning Coordinator. In addition, ample opportunities are provided throughout the year for the students to participate as a group. Each year, we have a Junior Service Day, a Senior Service Day and an All School Service Day during Homecoming Week. The Special Olympics has become the primary focus for Junior Service Day. Seniors go out in groups to volunteer with Meals on Wheels, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, United Ministries, and other non-profit organizations.
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.
Service Learning Activities