CES has a long tradition of service. Service joins Academics and Character as one of the three hallmarks of a Christ Episcopal School education.
Service learning connects school-based learning with the natural concern that young people have for their world - whether here at CES, in our local community or far from our school campus. The results are lifelong lessons for students and provide true help where a problem exists.
At CES, this learning combined with service efforts, is accomplished through our daily chapel program, through school-wide involvement and through classroom based activities.
Every school year, each class (Preschool-Grade 8) takes charge of a service learning activity.
Recent projects include:
- Preschool bessing bags for homeless
- Gr. 1 and Gr. 5 Chapel Partners thank you bags for local police officers
- Gr. 2 Keychain Sale and Thanksgiving meal purchase for shelter residents
- Gr. 3 Operation Christmas Child gift boxes for children overseas
- Gr. 6 South Sudan well project (details below)
The Gr. 6 well project exemplifies the breadth of a true service learning effort. Leading a school-wide effort, the students raised $15,000 to build a lifesaving well in South Sudan. Inspired by the book, A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park, and learning about the extreme hardships faced by the South Sudanese people, the class wanted to make a significant impact on a village, especially its children, who are deeply affected by waterborne diseases and the constant search of fresh water. By providing a sustainable well, our students made a difference!