A key component of our mission at Episcopal School of Jacksonville is “to instill in each student […] responsible leadership and a commitment to community service.”
Our service opportunities promote the development of responsible leaders who value citizenship and community. Rooted in the baptismal covenant as expressed in the liturgy of the Episcopal Church, we “seek and serve Christ in all persons” and “strive for justice and peace among all people.” Through a variety of servant leadership opportunities, student groups based on volunteer activities or charitable causes, and schoolwide drives and other service initiatives, we reinforce such ideals as equity, justice, generosity, humility, and compassion as integral aspects of our community life.
On the Beaches Campus, students learn with ambition, love with purpose, and lead with courage. Our students engage in community service opportunities throughout the year in the form of Student Families. Each Student Family, led by two fifth grade students and comprised of students in every grade Pre-K 3 through fifth grade, works together on projects to provide for those in need within the local community. Some of the projects our students have embarked on as part of this outreach effort include making blankets for needy families, giving donations to elderly residents, drafting cards to military service personnel overseas, writing letters to front-line workers at hospitals, and donating food and toys to local non-profit organizations.
On the St. Mark’s Campus, service learning opportunities abound! Hands-on experiences in each grade level, kindergarten through fifth grade, intentionally use service activities to engage our students, enhance curriculum, affirm character values, and build relationships in the community, locally and globally. Service learning experiences are appropriate to our students’ ages and developmental abilities, deepening their knowledge and connecting the campus community to real-world issues and needs.
Middle and Upper School
On the Munnerlyn Campus, all Upper School students are expected to fulfill a requirement of 100 service hours. However, this expectation is often exceeded by the time students are seniors, and many students develop habits of volunteer service that feed their own souls as they also meet the needs of others.
Middle School students participate in an after-school volunteer program through Bible classes, where students learn to integrate their service to the community with a deeper understanding of the biblical commands to love God and love our neighbor.
Students have organized more than 20 student groups based on a variety of shared interests related to community service. Touring Day for Fine Arts, sports-team specific projects, the Ortega River Run, and Community Service Summer Camps are only a few of the opportunities available for those with a passion for servant leadership.
Celebrating Service Day
Episcopal students collectively provide more than 4,500 hours of community service on our annual Celebrating Service Day. Students pack more than 30,000 meals for Hunger Fight, learn about local non-profit organizations, work with students at the North Florida School of Special Education and residents from local nursing homes, and visit a variety of sites around Jacksonville to serve alongside their peers and faculty. Students also fill bags with food and toiletries for the homeless, make toys for pets in shelters, write letters to servicemen and servicewomen and to hospital patients, and plan and implement a variety of other service projects. This day truly embodies the spirit of our community as we work to become "doers of good."