Service Learning Coordinators
Service Learning at St. Stephen’s
At St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Service Learning is an essential aspect of our education. Our service program encourages students to think beyond their own needs, to develop a passion for service, and to inspire one another. We pursue service as a way of life and recognize the world’s challenges as opportunities for commitment to change, improvement, and growth. As a school community, service is our way of applying what we teach and learn in the classroom to make a positive difference in our world.
|Watch the Take 10 CPR Video by film instructor David Fabelo|
On Friday, April 26, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School student leaders hosted and facilitated TAKE10 CPR training
for students in conjunction with Take Heart Austin and cardiologist Dr. Robert Wozniak. Led by senior Annie Nordhauser, students developed the idea and planned the event with a goal of training at least 95 percent of St. Stephen's students in compression only CPR.
Twenty-five St. Stephen’s students volunteered to become student trainers for the school, and time was set aside for the student body to be trained during the different lunch periods last Friday.
“We are very impressed with the enthusiasm, creativity and initiative demonstrated by these students,” said Louis Gonzales, TAKE10 program manager. "The students, particularly Annie, have really spearheaded this effort with Dr. Wozniak’s guidance. Take Heart Austin has supported the students with our TAKE10 CPR program, preparing their trainers and loaning equipment, but they have done most of the work.” Read more about the CPR training at St. Stephen's.
Spartans Donate Time and Effort at El Buen Samaritano
St. Stephen’s students volunteered in April at El Buen Samaritano. Around 1000 people participated in Your Health Your Family Day--health screenings, appointments at the El Buen clinic, doctor talks, healthy cooking demos, garden tours. Outdoor activities included Zumba classes and rock wall climbing. St. Stephen’s students were stationed at the various activity spots and were helpful with setting up, taking down and keeping everything moving smoothly.
"It is really great to have had such a showing of students and I hope we can do lots more next year! We are really aiming to have more service learning opportunities so they can understand more about why places like El Buen exist. For example, the health fair started at 9 and we had one woman who came at 4 am to be sure she could get a health screening. Volunteering is a lot more meaningful when you meet the people and hear their stories." – Lisie Sillers, El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission
Middle School Service Learning
Upper School Service Learning
Click here to download the requirements for Service Learning
Students must complete 10 hours of service learning projects per academic year. By year’s end, students must submit responses to questions on the area of societal need that the service addresses, and submit responses to questions about their service experience. This documentation must be submitted to advisors for review between April 1st and May 1st via an online form.
In order to receive credit for service hours, students must record the hours online in the Omnia program and have their supervisor send an email confirming their service hours to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Both of these things must be submitted by the end of the term in which the service was performed.
|"VOLUNTEERS ARE NOT PAID – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless." - Anonymous|
FAQ's About Entering Hours
|Q. ||Can I just submit a letter from the organization where I volunteered instead of having them e-mail you?|
|A. ||Yes, but it must be on official stationery from that organization.|
|Q. ||If I volunteered over a period of time for the same organization do I have to enter in seperate dates?|
|A. ||No, just enter in the last date of service and make sure you enter the information in the term in which you worked.|
|Q. ||If my hours aren't verified right away should I assume they won't be accepted?|
|A. ||No, there is a delay in entering hours and their verification. If the work you did follows all the specified guidelines your work will eventually be verified. If you are nervous about whether or not hours will be accepted, you should check with Fr. Mike or Ms. Williford BEFORE you even do the project.|