Community Service

Just as Indian Creek’s academic curriculum emphasizes the global nature of the world outside of classroom walls, the importance of volunteerism is reinforced in myriad ways. Students are involved in community service programs in all divisions, taking part in activities throughout the year to benefit local organizations. Before Winter Break, all students and their families are encouraged to participate in Holiday Sharing by bringing canned goods to donate to a local food pantry, household items that benefit a nearby women’s shelter and recovery program, or gifts for local children in need.

Children participate in age-appropriate ways. Early Childhood and Lower School students raise money for local and global organizations. They participate through class-based projects centered around the curriculum and division-wide programs such as MAD (Make a Difference) Fridays. These fundraisers are accompanied by classroom discussions about how individual actions can help others in need.

The Middle School has an ongoing relationship with the Lighthouse Shelter, a homeless prevention support center in Annapolis. Over the course of the year, each advisory group volunteers at the shelter, and students bring and pack bag lunches for the shelter’s clients. The Student Government in the Middle School also selects a number of organizations to support; these vary from year to year, but in the past have included Wounded Warriors, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Upper School students coordinate an ongoing food and supplies drive to benefit the Anne Arundel County Food Bank, and the Spanish Honor Society has a relationship with Chrysalis House, an organization that provides a full range of treatment and support for women struggling to overcome addiction. Additionally, Upper School students have a community service requirement that must be met in order to graduate.

Community Service During their time at the Upper School, Indian Creek students must complete 75 hours of unpaid work with an organization or program of their choosing. They will be asked to document the time they spent volunteering, including a description of their work, and an explanation of what they have learned from the experience. Ideally, the student will form a relationship with the organization and provide a consistent schedule of service prior to their Senior year.

Many students start volunteering in order to complete this requirement, and form a strong bond with the organization or program with which they are working. Ultimately, they may find that they have offered far more service hours than are stipulated in the requirement. Some students have even identified a field which they later pursue in college and beyond.

 
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