Community Service experiences at Lakehill are designed to raise students’ awareness of social issues and give them opportunities to meet a variety of community needs. By participating in such projects, students learn to be more sensitive to the needs of others and develop a solid commitment to service. Each grade participates in service projects which enhance classroom instruction and strengthen student relationships through team building. It is our goal to introduce students to various community causes.
Class Organization Service Projects
Students in every grade work together to plan and execute a variety of service projects throughout the year. All Lakehill students are encouraged to actively participate in the Adopt-A-Shoreline program at White Rock Lake, volunteering monthly to preserve this neighborhood treasure. Lakehill has maintained its area at White Rock Lake since 2008, and was named the Adopt-A-Shoreline Volunteer Group of the Year in 2010 and again in 2016. In addition, the school maintains a regular route with Meals on Wheels, delivering meals two to three times each month, and hosts two Little Free Libraries, one on each campus.
Upper School Day of Service
In addition to their class projects, Upper School students participate in an annual Day of Service. Past community partners have included Hope Supply Co., Vogel Alcove, Meals on Wheels, North Texas Food Bank, C. C. Young, Jubilee Park and Community Center, Community Partners of Dallas, The Brady Center, and Reading Partners.
Warrior Outreach Organization (WOO)
The Warrior Outreach Organization is a community service initiative of the Upper School Student Council. All Upper School students are invited to attend these Saturday service projects. The group works with a different non-profit organization each quarter, and has worked with For the Love of the Lake, Community Partners of Dallas, City Square, the City of Dallas Graffiti Abatement Program, the Ferguson Road Initiative, Crossroads Community Services, Brother Bill’s Helping Hand, Heart House Dallas, East Lake Pet Orphanage, Voice of Hope, and the North Texas Food Bank. Projects for the 2018-19 school year are currently being scheduled.
Community Connections Club
The Lower School Community Connections Club meets once a month after school. The Middle School Community Connections Club meets weekly during lunch. Members participate in various service projects including:
- Preparing kites for Lakehill’s annual Kite Day
- Decorating book bins for Reading Partners
- Decorating wreaths for Children’s Medical Center
- Making sandwiches for Austin Street Center
- Preparing cookie bags for the SoupMobile
- Preparing Welcome Home cookie jars for residents at Interfaith Housing Coalition
- Decorating pumpkins for residents at C. C. Young
- Making Bingo bags for The Brady Center
Members of the Middle School Community Connections Club also organize Service Saturday events during the school year.
Community Connections Summer Camps
Lakehill offers three Community Connections Summer Camps each summer. Campers spend a week learning about and volunteering at a variety of partner organizations. Campers receive a certificate documenting their 35 hours of service during the week. Registration begins in February and camps fill quickly.
President’s Volunteer Service Awards – Due April 1, 2019!
All Lakehill students are encouraged to apply for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, the highest award given to students for volunteer service. Awards are presented during the Spring Awards Ceremonies.
Find out about more upcoming opportunities to serve your community.
The Wilkinson Center, Kids Shoe Distribution Event, July 28, 29, 30
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To find out more or to get involved with Lakehill’s Community Service Program, please contact Gigi Ekstrom, Community Service Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.