Community service is a requirement for many grade levels at Ascension and one that we feel is crucial to building character in our students.
Through a large array of programs and projects, students meet this expectation and discover the profound personal rewards of heart and mind that come from giving of themselves to others. We embrace both community service and service-learning concepts by providing opportunities to address existing needs and enable students to apply knowledge and skills gained within the classroom and through Christian Education. These opportunities stimulate initiative, creative thinking, and the development of leadership skills.
Even the youngest Blue Gators understand the concept of sharing, taking on their own unique projects to help others in need. Each year, our Preschool students give to the “Reaching the Pygmies” ministry during Lent. They are shown compassion and the importance of educating others.
Because children relate to animals and pets at Christmas time, the children collect food, toys, and necessities for local animal shelters. The children enjoy watching the office tree fill with adorable pet items and say prayers for the homeless pets. They are made aware of how and where to rescue animals.
Service is at the heart of our mission, and we incorporate ways for our students to give back at every level. Additional service projects and drives are coordinated each year by our Christian Education teachers providing opportunities for our students to help others in our community in need. Students also participate in the Change for Miles program to benefit Miles Perret Cancer Services. Miles holds a special place in the heart of our students, as he was a student at Ascension Episcopal School when he passed away in 1996. Students also help raise money to support our sister school, Epiphany School in Uganda, donating money for special “dress days' throughout the Lenten season.
Middle School students volunteer at Games of Acadiana and participate in the Change for Miles program. Both are annual community fundraising events for Miles Perret Cancer Services, a local nonprofit center dedicated to providing resources and services at no charge to individuals and their families who are fighting cancer.
In grades 5-7, students are also provided opportunities during their advisory period and in organized clubs to participate in many different service-related activities and student lead service projects.
At our upper school, service opportunities exist through classroom programs, grade-level projects, campus-wide service days, and community service leadership positions, including the Community Service Prefect and Community Service Class Leaders. Students also initiate individual projects in response to specific community needs.
Once per quarter, each grade level (9-12) serves a non-profit community organization in a small group with classmates during the school day. In addition to school day service projects, students have volunteer opportunities at these organizations outside of school time. The purpose of this is to build meaningful, impacting relationships between our students and local service organizations within our community.
Each class is assigned the following organizations:
Freshmen - St. Joseph’s Diner
Sophomores - Camelot of Broussard
Juniors - Project Front Yard
Seniors - Habitat for Humanity
8th-grade students will participate in a service preview day during their Spring semester in which they will get a chance to learn about each one of these organizations and begin to build enthusiasm for serving with them.
Miles Perret Cancer Services and Games of Acadiana
Reaching the Pygmies Ministry
Souper Bowl of Caring
Olive Branch Ministry
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
Youngsville Toys for Tots
Episcopal Schools Game for the Cure
School Supply Drive for Youngsville area schools
St. Jude’s Trike a Thon
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."
When it comes to our children, one of the most important gifts we can provide for them is opportunity. It not only prepares them for their future but also gives them the independence to discover and define who they are: who they want to be. Our faculty and staff focus on developing the whole child, with a curriculum designed to teach lifelong learning skills.