“Your actions, much more than your words will serve as an eloquent message to the world.” – St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart
Community service is integral to the life and mission of the Academy of the Sacred Heart. Since 1800, Religious of the Sacred Heart, their colleagues in mission, alumnae/alumni, parents and students have been at the forefront of efforts to build bridges of relationship between people of difference. From the very youngest to the inter-generational community in action days, the Sacred Heart community commits to building a world where equal opportunity is available to all. Every member of the Sacred Heart family is encouraged to make hands-on service a way of life.
Community service objectives and plans are visible at each level of the school, providing developmentally-appropriate ways for students to respond to the needs of the world. From participating in disaster relief efforts, to assisting in the building of a Sacred Heart primary and secondary school in Kenya, to providing Thanksgiving food baskets, students give from the heart to ease the burdens of others.
The community service program is most visible in the middle schools and Upper School, where time is allotted during the instructional day. In the Upper School, students in Grades 10-12, along with faculty members and parent volunteers, spend two hours each Thursday serving the educational, nutritional and social needs of children and adults in neighboring communities. Reflection, social analysis and commitment to changing lives through the actions of love are fundamental to the community service program.