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Eagles With A Purpose & Service Learning

Eagles With A Purpose gives students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to gain a better understanding of social justice, participate in community engagement, realize individual and collective agency in meeting the needs of others, advocate for social justice, and engage in reflection. The program allows students the opportunity to explore their passions through hands-on activities that utilizes their abilities for the benefit of the community at large. Stanford University professor William Damon, author of The Path to Purpose, defines purpose as “a stable and generalized intention to accomplish something that is at the same time meaningful to the self and consequential for the world beyond self.”  In other words, purpose happens when students develop a meaningful connection to someone or something outside of themselves—and they do something about it.

EWAP
is worth .5 credit and meets during the school day during two X Blocks each week. In the first and second year students visit non-profits, do research on community issues, participate in team-building activities, participate in the fall passion interviews, participate in the volunteer fair, create a project in the spring for the community, and showcase their work at the EWAP showcase day in May.

In year three, students will help plan the passion interviews and the volunteer fair held for all students at ICS. Students will also help plan a Kindness Day and teach a lesson of their choice in EWAP.  In addition, students will identify an organization that they would like to work with as an independent project.

If you would like to learn more about EWAP, please contact Lindsey Seynhaeve for more information. You can also watch this 3 minute video to learn more.

To Date (12/20/23) EWAP has:
  • Given 492 hours of service back to the community
  • Visited 15 non-profits in our local community
  • Invited 13 guest speakers to campus
  • Created 13 projects for non-profit organizations
  • Enabled 13 community engagement activities for the ICS community
2021-22 Activities
Entire Community Events
  • Upper school bagged lunches for Lighthouse
  • Volunteer Fair for US
  • Writing Christmas cards for soldiers
  • CREEKfest cards for retirement communities and soldiers
  • Speaker
    • Senator Elfreth
    • Lisa Von Shock
  • Projects
    • Knitting hats for preemies
    • Art supply drive for Chrysalis
    • No waste Day to celebrate Earth Day
    • Fundraiser (bake sale) to raise money for childhood cancer
    • Kickball game with Gigi’s House
  • NonProfits
    • Project BlueRibbon
    • Chrysalis House
    • Gigi’s Playhouse of Annapolis
    • Project Clean Stream (Bacon Ridge cleanup)
    • Maryland Therapeutic Riding Center
    • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
    • SPCA
  • Estimated Volunteer Hours = 83.5 hours
2022-23 Activities
  • Entire Community Events
    • Upper school bagged lunches for Lighthouse
    • Volunteer Fair for US
    • Passion Interviews
    • 9-11 grade volunteering at Second Chance of Baltimore
    • CREEKfest cards for retirement communities and soldiers
  • Passion Speaker Interviews
    • Trisha Wolford – Fire Chief for AA County
    • Senator Sarah Elfreth
    • Lonni Kyhos Summers (lawyer)
    • Alice Zients: Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Workforce Development & Foundation Management at TEKsystems
    • Chris McCabe – Director of Chrysalis House
    • Kris Valerio Shock – President of Leadership Anne Arundel
    • Brandon Reid - Brandon completed a project called “Telling the Stories of the Ignored and Forgotten
  • Projects
    • Stickers to Honor Women – proceeds to Chrysalis House
    • Wellness House – social media help
    • Fundraiser (bake sale) to raise money for childhood cancer
    • First Aid Club
    • Book Drive for Project Blue Ribbon
    • Bags for Kids in Hospital
    • Pajamas for Project Blue Ribbon
    • Kickball game with Gigi’s House
  • NonProfits
    • Project BlueRibbon
    • Chrysalis House
    • Gigi’s Playhouse of Annapolis
    • Project Clean Stream (campus clean up)
    • Salvation Army – Angel Tree
    • Wellness House of Annapolis
    • Second Chance of Baltimore
    • Anne Arundel Food Bank
  • Estimated Volunteer Hours = 202 hours
2023-24 Activities
Entire Community Events
  • Volunteer Fair for US (planned)
  • Passion Interviews
  • CREEKfest cards for retirement communities and soldiers
  • Kindness Day June 2024
  • Passion Speaker Interviews
    • Helen Prevas M.D.
    • Leeann Passaro - Chief Operating Officer at The Hidden Opponent
    • Jordan Kroll - technology public policy professional
    • Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn - Professor at American University in Washington, DC
    • Keanuú Smith-Brown - chair of the Annapolis Board of Supervisors of Elections and vice president of Superior Future, Incorporated, a local nonprofit focused on uplifting youth and families
    • Erin Lewis – company owner and founder of Dream Queen Association and Foundation
  • Projects to date
    • School Supply Items Drive for Annapolis Middle School
  • NonProfits Visited to date
    • Project BlueRibbon
    • Chrysalis House
    • Second Chance of Baltimore
    • Anne Arundel Food Bank
    • PG County Recycling Tour
    • Helping Master Gardeners of MD pick weeds for urban garden
    • Fairfield Nursing and Retirement Center
    • Angel Tree with the Salvation Army
  • Estimated Volunteer Hours = 207 as of 12/20/23
Indian Creek school is a co-educational, college preparatory independent school, located in Crownsville, Maryland.  Students in Pre-K3 through grade 12 receive a vibrant educational experience based on excellent academics steeped in strong student-teacher connections.