Service learning, a teaching method that enriches learning by engaging students in meaningful service to their schools and communities, is an integral part of the curriculum for all grade levels at SHS. Our philosophy of Service Learning is based on Goal III of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools: to educate to a social awareness that impels to action. Students at every grade level apply academic skills to solve real-world issues, linking established objectives with genuine needs. With teachers guiding their efforts, students apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to concerns such as hunger, homelessness, recycling, pollution, and diversity.
“Service learning is education in action.” Senator John Glenn
Goals of the Program
- To foster a deep understanding of the Roman Catholic tradition of social justice
- To help students cultivate compassion for and solidarity with the marginalized, and broaden their awareness and responsibility for the world in which they live
- To teach students the skills they need to become agents of social change
The LMS Service Program combines opportunities for service learning and community outreach to enhance the continual growth of both the mind and heart of our Sacred Heart students. We invite students to learn, serve and reflect on the community. We look at our basic rights, and need of food, clothing, shelter, medical care, and equal education. The students are then empowered to voice their opinions to affect change in order to maintain a sustainable environment. We are striving for genuine respect and authentic compassion for all people and the environment in which we live.
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At the high school level are service learning requirements for graduation and a dedicated Service Learning Department mentoring students in their many community service activities. All students complete hourly service requirements to their Sacred Heart community, one local service organization over two years, and periodic class service days. The campus service requirement provides an introduction to service, naturally leading students to expand their circle of community in their Community Service Project. This two-year long project during freshman and sophomore year, utilizes classroom research in Religious Studies and guidance from a Service Learning Advisor to select an organization to partner with. Essential components to the project include education and reflection, as well as the focus on one organization in direct contact with a marginalized community. Diverse service-immersion options are also available to use for the project, but only in conjunction with at least 8 local service hours.
The integration of service projects into actual coursework remains a point of emphasis, especially at the upperclassmen level. Juniors and seniors choose from a long list of service-infused electives, including Erasing the Margins: Lessons in Critical Service Learning, The American Dream, Psychology, and Latin American History and Immersion. These courses build actual service projects into the curriculum as experiential components of the class. Additional ways SHP students engage with service include serving as leaders on immersion programs, serving as Service Learning Ambassadors, completing independent studies on community service and justice, or by applying for our exciting summer nonprofit internship program for rising seniors. This entire spectrum of service learning activities at SHP reflects the school’s commitment to goal three, criterion three, “The school is linked in a reciprocal manner with ministries among people who are poor, marginalized and suffering from injustice.”
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Current parents and students, please log in and go to the parent or student home page portal and click on the service learning tab on the left hand side for more information.