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Service Learning Program

Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart delivers the Service Learning Program through the National Center for Girls’ Leadership at Stuart, as together they prepare girls for lives of exceptional leadership and service.

Central to the mission and identity of all Sacred Heart schools is a commitment to serve others as Goal Three calls Sacred Heart students to “a social awareness which impels to action.” Additionally, The National Center for Girls’ Leadership at Stuart is charged with delivering Stuart Country Day School’s mission to “prepare girls for lives of exceptional leadership and service.” Therefore, it is in service both to the mission of the Sacred Heart, and the mission of Stuart as an institution, that we support and sustain a cross-divisional, student-led, service learning program.

A cross-divisional, student-led, Service Learning Program

The best way to learn to lead is to be given the opportunity to lead.  Our students will be the leaders of our Service Learning Program with clear roles and responsibilities for each division, and supervised by the divisional Service Learning Coordinators. Lower School and Middle School will participate in school wide service learning projects, and the Sacred Heart tradition of Goal 3 days of service. The Upper School will lead whole school projects connected to their Service Learning Experience Requirements. The objective is to have students select service opportunities, set the service calendar, connect with partner organizations, manage the entire service learning experience, and present service impact reports to the school community. 

  • Upper School Students - Strategic planning, teaching, and participation
  • Middle School Students - Management, teaching, and participation
  • Lower School Students - Learning, advocating, and participation

Each division level will leverage a student Service Leadership Team.

Upper School Service Learning Requirement

Each Upper School student will participate in a minimum of four service learning experiences in each grade year for a total minimum of 16 service learning experiences during her Upper School career.  The Upper School Service Learning Requirement will emphasize Sacred Heart Goal 4, “the building of community as a Christian Value.”  Stuart students are members of several communities.  They are members of their Stuart Community, their local community, their national community and the global community.  As such, a Sacred Heart student must learn to build and serve each of her communities. This results in annual required experiences in each of the four categories:

  • Service to her Stuart Community
  • Service to her Local Community
  • Service to her National Community
  • Service to her Global Community
     

Frequently Asked Questions

Examples of Organizations for Service Learning Experiences

STUART LOCAL NATIONAL GLOBAL
StuARTS
Admissions Events
Summer Auxiliary Programs
Before / After Care
Tutoring
Campus Cleanups
Advancement Events
NCGLS Programming
Athletics Events
Loaves and Fishes
Morris Hall
TASK
CYO
Sprouts
Homefront
Mercer County Library
Send Hunger Packing
Enable
SAVE
Womanspace
Outreach of Emergency Aid
Arm in Arm
Father Benedict House of AC
Covenant House
Princeton Nursery
Special Olympics
One Simple Wish
American Red Cross
Women's Prison Book Project
Catholic Charities
Boys and Girls Club
Appalachia Service Project
4-H National Youth Program
GreenPeace USA
Citizen's Climate Lobby
Center for Faith Justice Trip
Sacred Heart Service Trips
Outreach for Emergency Aid
Girl Scouts of America
SEEDS to Sew
Border Immigration Work
Catholic Climate Covenant
Amnesty International
Rise Against Hunger
Heifer International
Womankind Worldwide
United Nations Women
Rise Up
Outreach for Emergency Aid
Global Service Trip

All-School Service Opportunities

 

Annual Coat Drive

As you are preparing for the cold, please consider donating new or lightly used winter gear items to those in need. SPA in collaboration with the student Outreach Committee is hosting the annual coat drive for Loaves and Fishes. In particular, we are looking for items in large and extra large sizes, but will take any items that are new or gently used and cleaned for men, women and children. Hats, gloves and scarves are also welcome. Collection bins will be at the flagpole, Cor Unum and EC drop off locations between Monday, October 18 and Friday, October 29.

If you have questions, contact Sydney Amato at samato_23@stuartschool.org

Upcoming Opportunities