The St. Thomas School service-learning program puts our core values into action. Through the program we challenge students to contemplate how they can impact their world in a positive, meaningful way—at any age and at any time. These elements of character become particularly relevant in a 21st century context. We are committed to developing responsible citizens of a global society who strive to make a difference throughout their lives.
Service learning is more than volunteerism. Students work closely with their teachers at St. Thomas School to develop service learning activities that integrate meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience. Service learning at STS allows students to:
- Apply academic, social, and personal skills to improve the community.
- Make decisions that have real, not hypothetical, results.
- Grow as individuals, gain respect for peers, and increase civic participation.
- Gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their community, and society.
- Develop as leaders who take initiative, solve problems, work as a team, and demonstrate their abilities while helping others.
Please read our Foundations of Service Learning for more information on this subject.