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Service Learning

Implicit in the Laurel School mission statement is the expectation that each student take an active role in serving the community outside of Laurel School. To this end, she will complete a minimum of 50 hours of service learning as a requirement for graduation from the Upper School. On average, however, students spend 60+ hours serving their community during their four years in the Upper School. Students are asked to serve at least 30 hours with one agency, no more than 10 hours for Laurel service opportunities and the remaining 10 hours with a variety of other service learning opportunities. Students must have their service learning commitment approved by the Coordinator of Service Learning before beginning any project and all hours must be completed before September of their senior year.

The Upper School has a Service Learning Board comprised of two senior coordinators and 20 representatives from all four classes. This Board coordinates school-wide initiatives, such as Lee Jeans Breast Cancer Awareness Day, Race for the Cure, Volley for the Cure, Thanksgiving Food Collection, and Harvest for Hunger Food Drive. The Board also initiates and coordinates initiatives specific to the Upper School.

Cleveland is a city with a strong philanthropic commitment and Laurel students are expected to continue that community spirit and become involved citizens. Upper School students are encouraged to recognize need in the Greater Cleveland community and respond to the identified need by creating appropriate projects and by providing volunteer hours. Students and faculty are continually reaching out to make community connections.

In addition to their work within the Cleveland community, Laurel students strive to make an impact outside of the local borders. Laurel's global studies program, Passport, is unique among global studies programs in that it emphasizes cultural learning and service learning side-by-side.