Service-Learning allows for students to meaningfully engage in local and global communities to effect positive change.
Baldwin strives to strengthen our students’ civic engagement so that they emerge as educated agents of social change. We are committed to creating opportunities for consistent, thoughtful service through our Service-Learning program, which fosters a sense of social responsibility by encouraging involvement inside and outside of school. We encourage participation not only among students, but among parents, faculty, staff and alumnae.
With the positive impact of service on the individual and the community in mind, the goals of the Service-Learning program are:
- To cultivate an understanding of different communities and diverse perspectives.
- To enhance civic engagement and develop an increased awareness of social issues.
- To foster development of emerging leaders.
- To empower students, faculty, staff and alumnae to give back to their communities, and to equip them with the skills and tools necessary to do so.
In Middle School, each grade focuses their service activities around that year's particular theme. Through class meetings and assemblies, students learn about communities in need and how their service can impact those around them.
Grade 6: Impacting Children in Need
Students in Grade 6 will visit and serve at sites where they are most able to assist with local children and families in need. Previous site visits have included the Ronald McDonald House, The Clarke School, Our Closet, the Bryn Mawr Thrift Shop, Smith Playground and Playhouse and Cradles to Crayons.Grade 7: Food Access and Hunger Relief
During the fall and spring MS Service Days, students visit the SHARE Food Program to help package food boxes for families in need, maintain community gardens and inventory donations and home goods for resale. Students use the knowledge they acquire in this effort to support Stop Hunger Now, the annual MLK Day of Service project co-sponsored with The Haverford School and Agnes Irwin School. Students will also learn about the importance of community need driven service efforts in their Grade 7 Global Issues class, culminating in a student driven service project to serve a chosen community. In 2017, Grade 7 organized and executed a can drive for the Ada Mutch Community Resource Center.Grade 8: Environmental Service
Students in Grade 8 will visit and serve at local sties where they are able to complete environmental service activities. In 2017, Grade 8 visited Bartram's Gardens to complete river walk clean-up, help with planting in the Children's Garden and general garden work.Grades 6, 7 and 8: Service Learning Experiential Learning Trip
Students in Grades 6, 7 or 8 are able to participate in a week long Service Learning experiential learning trip. On this trip, students will have an opportunity to travel to an area in need, perform authentic community driven service projects, and explore the local area while learning about the cultural aspects of the community. Previous trips have included post-Katrina clean-up efforts in New Orleans, LA and an upcoming trip for the 2017-18 academic year is planned for an environmental service trip to Key Largo, FL.
If your organization would like to be considered as a future service project for our Baldwin girls, please contact our Service-Learning Coordinator.