At Westminster, we desire for “our students to engage in real world problems by serving and influencing the community around them… to be risk takers and pursue justice in Augusta, the CSRA and the world; to step into leadership in this area.”
One way that we pursue fulfilling our mission and values at our school is to make sure that, regardless of a student’s age, they are involved in making a difference through service. These service projects happen on our campus, but also out in the local community.
Lower School’s Service Commitment
Service at the school is an opportunity for our students to serve the school and each other. Each class has chosen or has been assigned an area of service. Some projects may overlap with the service learning that is going on at their grade level.
Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.
Throughout the year, each Lower School class will write letters of thanks to the members of the Westminster community who serve our students.
At Westminster Schools of Augusta, we believe that serving others in the Middle School is an important part of living like Jesus. Middle School students begin exploring service through our leadership program.
Middle School students are divided up into six teams led by eighth-grade servant leaders, and together the teams perform duties every day that serve the school community. The eighth-grade leaders plan and execute one community service project for the entire Middle School during the fall semester. Sixth-grade students take a full day away from classes in October and go into the local Augusta community to partner with non-profit organizations to help them accomplish their goals.
In the Upper School, it is our desire for service to be embedded in the culture of who we are. While we organize a number of opportunities for our students to serve, there are always opportunities for students to independently engage in service. In addition, we have two student leaders who primary responsibility is to lead service efforts in the Upper School.
Our students plan an implement many different service projects, and have created supply drive for a school in Africa, a blood drive in honor of Michael Cave (a former student who passed away in 2010), a supply drive for Family Promise of Augusta and a 40 days of service event. In addition, every Upper School student serves during our annual two-day Winterim event, where we partner with local non-profit organizations.
Our students will take leadership in our school service ventures with the support of the Student Life Department and the Student Leadership Team (SLT).
Each January, our Upper School participates in Winterim. We are intentional in providing our students with hands-on opportunities to serve others. Our Winterim program provides two full days of service for our students to invest selflessly in the community. Students are split into teams and paired with a local non-profit or charity in order to serve them. Students have the opportunity to work with the homeless directly, provide food and shelter for those in need and be the visible provision and love of God in the CSRA. It is a great time of immersion into the world of service; these practical experiences give every student opportunity to provide for “the least of these,” as instructed in Matthew 25.
Westminster’s service organizations include both the Senior Beta Club and the National Honor Society (NHS). Students must meet specific academic criteria and make contributions to recognized community service organizations. This individual commitment by each student goes beyond the school-sponsored community events at Westminster.
The Senior Beta Club is open to grades 10 through 12 and the National Honor Society is open to grades 11 and 12.