As a Catholic School rooted in the Holy Cross tradition, St. Edward High School asks all students to participate in our Community Service Program by finding a form of service that is meaningful and interesting to them. 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 encourages students to begin their service learning journey in their freshman year, progressively growing as Servant Leaders in our school community and beyond. Students are asked to log their service hours and then reflect upon each service experience. By continuing to serve others, the hope is that they will draw new insights about, and deepen their relationships with, those in need as they seek to reach their full potential as an Edsmen. 


The Community Service Program is incorporated into the Freshmen Religion Curriculum.


The Community Service Program is incorporated into the Sophomore Religion Curriculum. 

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.

*The Junior/Senior Serve Learning Project is temporarily on hold.


For more information, contact Mrs. Emily McGee -


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 Mrs. McGee before you complete the activity, and she will clarify.