The mission of the Service Learning Program is to benefit Sacred Heart students as well as the community at large.
If you are interested in volunteering to drive and assist our 7th and 8th grade students at our service partner sites, please complete this form and return to Maria-Paz Salas, Coordinator of Service Learning and Community Partnerships, via kidmail.
While academics, social growth and cultural pursuits contribute to a student's development, service learning helps create a well-rounded person by enhancing personal growth. Serving others leads to a fuller awareness of one's surroundings and of fellow members of the community. As students connect their own lives with the lives of others, they will be able to consider the world with a broader perspective. This is an integral part of being a responsible citizen and a member of the Sacred Heart family.
SOAP (Service and Outreach, Advocating Philanthropy)
SOAP is a group of Middle School students who meet to discuss social awareness, assist in various fundraisers and help pick up and drop off donated items. This group helps other students see the needs of others around the world and supports Kiva.
The encouragement, support and involvement of parents in the Sacred Heart community are key components to the success of our undertakings. Active parental participation in offsite service programs for the seventh and eighth graders fulfills a critical need. Classroom programs may require chaperones for off site and on site activities or in-class assistance to develop and nurture a certain program. We call on socially and community active parents to share their experiences with our students in assemblies or class meetings. The Howard Area Christmas Baskets program is strongly reliant on parent support for tasks such as shopping, wrapping gifts and delivering baskets to Howard Area Community Center. Traditional programs such as food, clothing, toy and toiletry drives also rely on parent help in promoting the drives as well as delivering materials. The Misericordia Family Festival is an annual event and our eighth grade students take on the task of clean-up the day after the event each year.
Drivers for Community Service needed for December through May
Each Tuesday through the beginning of May a group of 7th and 8th grade students leave campus to volunteer at one of eight service sites in the community. In order for all of our students to participate they rely on parent drivers to transport them to the locations. Please consider being a driver- you need not have a child currently in 7th or 8th grade. If you are interested in volunteering to drive and assist our 7th and 8th grade students at our service partner sites, please click here to sign up and return completed forms to Maria-Paz Salas via kid mail. You will receive an email from Hannah Snyder with instructions to fill out volunteer screening forms from the Archdiocese. This background screening is required prior to driving and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. If you are a parent of younger students and plan to drive next year or in the future, this is a great time to complete the background check as it won’t expire. Please contact Cynthia Patti firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the program.