In accordance with Saint Andrew’s School’s charge to inspire our students to lead meaningful lives of character and to impact the greater community positively, the school is proud to declare that the fifth annual Senior Service Day was recently completed with tremendous success.
On Monday, February 10, 2020, students in the Class of 2020 were divided into small cohorts as informed by advisory groups and descended upon neighborhoods throughout and beyond the greater Boca Raton community to demonstrate a unified understanding of the importance of being good stewards.
Continuing the school’s long-standing partnership with nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity, Place of Hope, Gumbo Limbo, and Equine Assisted Therapies, SA was also pleased to collaborate with first-time partners such as CityHouse in Delray Beach. Throughout their time together on the varying job sites, Scots masterfully executed their duties while appreciating the many complicated issues that affect our immediate area. The nature of the individual work assignments varied by location; however, each experience helped to support the notion that tangible engagement with local charities and nonprofits helps to develop leadership skills, while also raises awareness to inspire continued action.
Highlights of the day included gardening and maintenance tasks at the Delray Beach Children’s Garden, where students also learned about the role that food forests and green spaces play in urban and suburban neighborhoods. Time at the Delray Beach Children’s Garden is meant to inspire students to appreciate the symbiosis between the health of the environment, the economy, and society at large, and also to support community greening initiatives worldwide.
Another highlight was a visit to In Jacob’s Shoes, a public charity which gives children in need the opportunity to walk with pride, and go to school or play sports with dignity. In Jacob’s Shoes provides new and gently used shoes, backpacks, school supplies, and athletic gear to local children in need and also provides grants for camp, aftercare, sports, and enrichment programs. During their time at In Jacob’s Shoes, senior Scots refurbished scores of sneakers for those in need.
Speaking at the end of the day, Jason Glick, Director of Student Life, had this to say: “Part of our charge is to help our students to understand the totality of the needs of our community, and the best way to do this is to interface directly with the many organizations working towards addressing the issues that pervade our society. By taking part in this special day, it is our sincerest hope that our eldest Scots have further understood their responsibility to the community and will continue to take meaningful action as the leaders of tomorrow.”