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All boarding, grades 9-12 in Alexandria, Virginia
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Service Learning

Chris Cindrich '13

Though I do try to always be a little more selfless and positive than the day before, I fail a lot along the way. But that is why the next day is right around the corner bearing new opportunities to make a difference, no matter how big or how small. There is something truly peaceful about doing service work, and it does help us grow into more kind and virtuous individuals.

With the regular pace of school work and the demands of rigorous athletic and residential life programs, not to mention flourishing arts and culture offerings, it is easy to lose sight of the incredible privileges that come from being a student at EHS.

Despite their very full schedules, many students believe that a vitally important part of our life together is the chance to serve those who are in need. Whether it is through feeding programs, gleaning, tutoring, advocacy, fundraising, or construction, many students find that work serving the community outside the Episcopal gates is an essential and balancing component of their EHS experience.

At EHS we encourage everyone to embrace the Episcopal challenge. Grow. Learn. Compete. Serve.

The Rev. Betsy Gonzalez

The impact of service is really twofold. There is the difference that a student will see on the ground by work done with their hands and minds alongside those they are serving, but then there are the internal impacts. By stepping outside their contexts and into places filled with more questions than answers, students meet others whose faces and names personify the great needs of our world both far and near. Gone is the ability to generalize and stereotype and what was once abstract becomes personal.

Opportunities to Serve

  • The Service Council, which hosts fundraisers and arranges volunteer opportunities
  • Service Learning Washington Program Experiences on Wednesdays
  • Annual spring break service trips to the Dominican Republic through Bridges to Community or to  Haiti to work with the Haiti Micah Project
  • Summer service trips abroad to places like Kenya and India to connect students globally
  • Volunteer opportunities at the Special Olympics track meet, held at EHS in the spring
  • Student-led service events to champion personal causes, such as clothing or fund drives, Give Back on the Track, Serve for the Cure, and Stop Hunger Now.

Service Partners

ALIVE! Food Pantry
Arlington Food Assistance Center
Bridges to Community, Dominican Republic
Casa Chirilagua
Chillum Youth Program
Cora Kelly Elementary After School Program
Elewana Education Center, Kenya
Haiti Micah Project
Hanover Habitat for Humanity
Immanuel Church, Alexandria, Va.
INOVA Blood Donor Services
Ivy Hill Cemetery
MacArthur Elementary School
Mount Olivet Church, Arlington, Va.
Play for Parkinson's
Special Olympics Northern Virginia
Stop Hunger Now
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