At St. Andrew’s School, we see community service as an integral part of a life of faith. Because we are created in the image of God, we are most at home with ourselves when we are generous, caring and compassionate. We believe that as we become more and more aware of God’s love for us, we experience a feeling of fullness to overflowing and a desire to love and bless others.
Service is one of the ten core values of St Andrew’s School. Driven primarily by the passions and ideas of our student body and faculty, our on-going and one-time service projects provide opportunities for our students and school community to pass our blessings on to others.
The Middle School Life Skills curriculum, in partnership with Mrs. Woods, Mrs. Toomey, Brother Todd, and Ms. Missavage, includes several service learning field trips throughout the year.
First, grades 5-8 will volunteer at the SPCA. There, the students will be involved in grooming, prepping toys, animal care support, and of course playing with the animals.
Second, grades 6-8 will cook for and serve those in need at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in New Orleans and/or St Mark’s Episcopal Church in Harvey.
Third, grades 5-8 will participate in an environmental clean up, either at City Park, or Lake Pontchartrain.
Finally, grades 7 and 8 will bring Reminiscence Therapy to the Lambeth House. We will create slideshows about the 1930’s and 1940’s to engage the residents about their past.
In between field trips, students will process and prepare for serving, with discussions and activities centered on empathy, interpersonal skills, growth mindset, cultural awareness, identity development, perseverance, leadership, respect, self-control, problem solving, and gratitude. Prior to the trips, the students will receive etiquette training, and will write follow-up thank you letters to all who make these opportunities available to the students.
To learn more about these opportunities, please contact School Counselor and Middle School Life Skills teacher, Annie Goldman at agoldman@
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“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”