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Learning through Service

Since its beginnings, Quakerism has included selfless service to others as the active embodiment of its philosophy, or the transformation of "faith into practice." The idea of service to others is an integral part of life here at Lincoln and we encourage our students to participate in community service activities that are age and division appropriate. Furthermore, we believe that service to others should engage students on many levels—intellectually, morally, emotionally—so that each student in the act of giving learns about the lives and conditions of other people in her community and also has a chance to discover and develop dimensions of her own self.

We ask students to participate in a process of identifying need (What is service? Where am I needed?), contributing to the lives of others (What gifts do I have to give to the community?), reflecting on the act of service (What does giving to the community give to me?) and, finally, sharing their reflections with their peers through discussion or writing (How can I join with others to serve the community?).

Lower School
Each year the Lower School students hold several classroom drives and generously donate canned goods, clothing and personal items to homeless shelters, food pantries and others in need.

Middle School
Community Service in the Middle School is an integral part of our program, and all members of the community are encouraged to take part.  Interested students from each grade meet on a regular basis to help plan community service projects for the entire Middle School.  In the past, Middle School Community Service has taken the form of raising money for such causes as Breast Cancer Research and Habitat for Humanity; collecting food and clothing for those in need, both in Rhode Island and abroad; initiating a book group with senior members of Bethany Home; and planning Blood Drives on behalf of the Rhode Island Blood Bank. Our endeavors are student-driven so that students feel accountable throughout the process and so that community service becomes a shared value among our students in Middle School.

Upper School
In the Upper School, we encourage our students to fulfill their requirement through meaningful work in the wider community. Our students typically devote their time and efforts to many area organization including Camp Street Ministries, Sophia Academy, the Providence Summerbridge Program, San Miguel School, RI’s Children’s Crusade, Habitat for Humanity, RI Community Food Bank, RI Special Olympics, area hospitals, food pantries, City Year, and the South Providence Neighborhood Ministries Summer Day Camp. Please visit the Upper School Learning through Service page for more details.





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