At Southridge, one of our four defining pillars is the service we provide to each other and to the wider local and global communities. We believe that it is through service that we become our highest and best selves. We define service as having these five qualities:
- It involves hands-on experiences in which students actively interact with others. This allows students to learn that while people have different appearances and experiences, we are essentially alike. These experiences provide an opportunity for the kinds of transformative interactions that often form the base for a deep, enduring sense of empathy.
- It is based upon rich, long-term, rich relationships developed over years of continuing exchange between our students and those they serve. The steady engagement in service ensures our service partners’ needs are consistently met over time, and creates opportunities for deeper interactions that foster more trusting, comfortable relationships.
- It is both local and international in scope, recognizing our roles as members of the local community and as responsible global citizens. We don’t calculate relative value by where, how and whom we serve; working with those in our local community is just as important as contributing with an overseas cause. Exploring a variety of opportunities allows our students to discover how and where they can best contribute.
- It develops leadership by supporting student-generated and organized activities that empower students while also helping them develop skills to make a difference now. Students attach more value to these practical skills because they acquire them in a genuine context for important causes.
- While it is an extremely important part of education that may and should be immersed in the curriculum when appropriate, service is always understood to be an essential, and even the defining element of the Southridge experience.
Service with Purpose
We are passionate about supporting our students in finding their purpose in life. We are also convinced that true purpose and service are inextricably entwined. Southridge sees service as both pathway and destination for a life of promise fulfilled. As Albert Schweitzer observed, “The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” Contribution, at every level, is at the heart of what we do and pass on. Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?” At Southridge, that question is one of the seeds we plant in the minds and hearts of our students -- one we hope will move them to action throughout their lifetimes.
The Senior School’s service program provides opportunities for all students to actively contribute to the greater good in their own unique ways. In serving others, students can discover and develop talents that may have otherwise remained dormant. They can learn about their strengths and weaknesses, acquire communication and collaboration skills, become more willing to take risks, and develop a true sense of compassion.All senior students participate in service activities and are encouraged to contribute a minimum of 30 hours per year in at least two major activities. Happily, many students exceed this requirement as they experience the many benefits of serving others. There are numerous service opportunities through which our students are able to make a contribution to the school, community and world.
Christmas Hamper Wrapping
2014 Kenya Service Trip
Sandwich Making for Soup Kitchen