In keeping with the Portledge Pillars of Purpose, Kindness, Honor, and Respect, the Community Service Club strives to initiate, plan, and carry out service activities that are of interest to the student body.
The club provides all Upper School students the opportunity to develop empathy, to reap the benefits of altruism, and to meet the annual minimum community service requirement (10 hours). Although there is usually a core group of about 15 students who are engaged in club activities throughout the year, all Upper School students are welcome to participate on a week-to-week basis. Individual members bring their ideas to the group. Once a project has been chosen, a proposal is sent to the Student Council for approval, and the activity is included on the school calendar. The club meets on Wednesdays from 2:30 – 3:30.
On-campus activities have included gardening, peer-mentoring, offering help to the Lower School After School Adventures, campus clean-up, and acting as guides during back-to-school nights and Admissions Open Houses. We also have supported the broader community by running a candy collection for the USO, making bagged lunches for the guests of the local homeless shelter, collecting new and gently used clothing for hurricane victims, making Valentines for Vets, providing senior care through Glamour Gals, engaging in activities to support Horseability, and collecting gently used books for The Book Fairies. We have occasionally participated in fundraising walks for organizations such as the American Cancer Society, the LUPUS Foundation, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. No funds are budgeted for these activities, so the club members hold bake sales periodically to cover the expenses for supplies.
Faculty Advisor: Amanda Celek