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Learning Through Service in the Upper School

Philosophy: We understand that Lincoln students perform community service on their own, out of a heartfelt wish to help those less fortunate. Selfless service to others lies at the core of Lincoln’s Quaker values, and is expressed in part in the term “lowliness,” which appears in Lincoln’s motto, “Love, Loyalty, and Lowliness.” Service to others also embodies the mission statement of Lincoln’s Center for Peace, Equity, and Justice through Service, which speaks of promoting “a shared reverence for all individuals.”  

Goal: The threefold goal of Lincoln’s Learning Through Service Program is to provide each student with the opportunity to define a personal vision of service to the community, to explore her individual potential as someone who serves others, and to understand how the act of giving to others feeds deeper, spiritual needs. Each student will meet this goal through an ongoing process of written reflection, dialogue with and presentation to peers and teachers during her four years at Lincoln.

Hours: While we do not require a specific number of hours of service to the community each year, we recommend that each student commit to and develop an ongoing relationship with a single agency or institution, as such a relationship will deepen her experience of service to others. If you have questions about your time commitment, please see your Class Coordinator.

Opportunities: We expect that parents will work in partnership with the school to identify service opportunities that are appropriate to their daughter’s interests and strengths. Class coordinators can provide students with a list of community service opportunities should they need it.

Summer Work: A student may elect to fulfill the service component of the Learning Through Service Program during the summer following her 9th, 10th, or 11th grade year.

Objectives
To explore and define the idea of “service to the community.”
To explore one’s strengths in serving others.
To explore how service to others meets one’s own needs.
To explore one’s role as a member of a group service project.

Essential Questions
What is service? Where am I needed?
What gifts do I have to give to the community?
What does giving to the community give to me?
How can I join with others to serve the community?

More Information
Questions about the Upper School Learning Through Service Program may be addressed to:


Class Coordinator, Class of 2014:   Leah Frank
Class Coordinator, Class of 2015:  John Minihan
Class Coordinator, Class of 2016:   Kara Gilligan, Anita Thompson
Class Coordinator, Class of 2017:   Rachael Dean, Holly Swanson







 

 

 

 


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