SERVICE LEARNING CURRICULUM
HOPE TO BRING
As a Catholic School in the Holy Cross Tradition, St. Edward High School requires all students to participate in our Community Service Program. Rooted in the Gospel call to "love your neighbor”, and our Holy Cross mission to "hope for a world where justice and love prevail,” our Community Service Program requires a minimum hourly service requirement per academic year. Additionally, all students must complete a service log to document the service completed, and to reflect on their service experience.
The Community Service Program is incorporated into the Freshmen Religion Curriculum. Click for more information.
The Community Service Program is incorporated into the Sophomore Religion Curriculum. Click for more information.
Juniors & Seniors
Juniors and seniors will be working on their own service learning project. The project must be substantial (approximately 35 hours) and incorporate the mission of St. Edward High School as well as the Corporal Works of Mercy. Students can be creative and choose a non-profit agency or a particular cause they could serve.
While the term "service” can be used to define a variety of activities, in order to receive credit, a "service” activity should meet the following basic guidelines:
Your service has taken you beyond the bounds of family and friendship into the greater community. Helping family members does not qualify as community service. (E.g. washing the dishes, cleaning your room, shoveling grandma’s driveway, etc.)
Your service could be defined as one of the "Corporal Works of Mercy” OR should be an expression of one of the "Charisms of Holy Cross”:
Corporal Works of Mercy:
Feed the Hungry
Give drink to the thirsty
Clothe the Naked
Shelter the Homeless
Visit the sick
Visit the imprisoned
Bury the dead
Charisms of Holy Cross:
Filled with a spirit of hospitality
Committed to building positive relationships
Enlivened by zeal and tempered with humility
Bringing daily hope in the Cross of Christ
Trusting always in Divine Providence
Your service has challenged you beyond your comfort zone.
If you are unsure if a particular activity would qualify as "service," please contact Mr. Haggerty before you complete the activity, and he will clarify.
Students will be able to check their progress online through NetClassroom, and their progress (current as of the end of the 1st semester grading period) will also appear on their 1st semester report card. While the Community Service Program "grade" will NOT appear on the student's official transcript, or affect his GPA, completion of the Community Service Program is a graduation requirement for all St. Edward High School students. Additionally, if, at the end of the academic year, a student has yet to complete the Community Service Program for the current school year, he will be required to complete any missing visits or projects prior to advancing to the next grade level or graduating from St. Edward.