Students don’t just learn about service to their community, they live it.
At SEES, students and teachers have been rays of hope and light for many groups in the Richmond area. At the beginning of every academic year, each class adopts a special organization of choice to support in terms of outreach.
Students learn first hand of the services and needs of each organization by inviting someone from the organization to come and speak to the class.
As stepping stones to our community, SEES students learn the importance of making a difference with fundraising projects, relief efforts, prayers and petitions. Students from Pre-K to 8th grade have made cards, center pieces, created crafts, collected clothes, walked in walkathons, and contributed close to $10,000 each year to our outreach groups.
Saint Edward-Epiphany Catholic School is educating the leaders of tomorrow, by creating within them a love of God, fellow human-beings, a love of learning, respect for community and global awareness.
Soar Into Service
As a component of the St. Edward-Epiphany Middle School experience, students are expected to complete a minimum number of community service hours per school year. Our community service initiative, “Soar Into Service,” was introduced in the 2016-2017 school year. This program creates new and meaningful ways for our middle schoolers to be engaged with their community not only in their free time, but also during their time here at school.
Each middle school student is asked to complete 10 hours of community outreach – 5 hours to be completed in a school elective program under faculty guidance, and 5 hours to be completed independently by participating in approved service learning opportunities. Students are responsible for maintaining their service hours in the online volunteer tracking software application used by the school.
At the end of the school year, each student completing the program receives a Certificate of Completion and a letter from the Principal acknowledging their participation and accomplishments, and an invitation to a special Volunteer Awards Breakfast.