PHILOSOPHY OF SERVICE COMMITMENT
As a member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, Sacred Heart Heart Academy Bryn Mawr commits itself to educate to I) a personal and active faith in God, II) a deep respect for intellectual values, III) a social awareness which impels to action, IV) the building of community as a Christian value; and V) personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom. As students participate in community service activities, they work toward all of these goals, but most specifically toward Goal III - a social awareness which impels to action. Through the use of their time and talents, our students work to create a more just world where each person’s dignity is respected. The work in which our students engage is diverse and meaningful, ranging from senior homes to urban food programs, from local events to national programs. It is the hope that students develop relationships with those whom they serve and therefore build community in new ways. Students engage in reflections on service throughout their religion courses, allowing them to grow in their understanding of the world and in their compassion to all.
Goal 3: Schools of the Sacred Heart commit themselves to educate to a social awareness which impels to action.
All Upper School students have a community service requirement. The Community Service Handbook contains the by-laws of the organization, lists planned activities, and contains copies of the “Act from the Heart” form to be completed for each activity.
The requirement for Upper School students is 25 hours per year. Service hours performed during the summer do count for the year’s requirement, as the recording period is June 1- May 15. At least fifteen of these hours must be done for a cause outside of school. In order to graduate, all students need a minimum of 100 hours.
"No one can claim the name Christian and remain at ease in the face of the hunger, hopelessness, insecurity and injustice found in the country and the world." (U.S. Bishops' Pastoral on the Economy)
Middle School Students are required to participate in ten Community Service events during the school year. Each “event” is recorded on a separate “Act from the Heart” form which is signed by an adult who supervised the event. Events completed during each quarter of the school year must be submitted to a CSC representative or the CSC faculty moderator by the end of that quarter. Events submitted late will not be accepted. The number of CSC events completed will be reported on each report card. “Act from the Heart” forms can be found on the school website.
Definition of Community Service
“Babysitting for free for relatives or family friends or working at a parent’s office for free is NOT considered community service. Likewise, activities performed for family members, such as visiting sick grandparents or helping one’s own parents or neighbors, are actions of a good family member and are not considered community service.” (Article X, Section II of the bylaws)
“Activities performed for membership in clubs or organizations of Sacred Heart (such as National Honor Society tutoring or choir functions) are NOT considered community service as they are part of membership responsibilities in these organizations.”(Article X, Section III of the bylaws)
Middle School Students who do not complete ten CSC events during the school year are not eligible to run for election to office of any organization and are not eligible for induction into the National Junior Honor Society.
- Up to five hours of service may be counted annually. The school organizes collections of food, coats and other items throughout the year. Students may also donate clothes to various organizations. In order to earn hours through donations, students should complete the conversion form found on the CSC Moodle page.