Serving others is an integral component of the educational process at Southside Christian School. Each year, SCS plans two service days, during which students follow the example of Christ described in Matthew 20:28 – “…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.” Under the guidance of faculty and parent volunteers, they take part in the work of a wide variety of organizations from internationally recognized nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics to local ministries such as Miracle Hill and the Meyer Center for Special Children. In partnership with Elder Source, our students minister to seniors at Brookdale Assisted Living, building a bridge between the generations.
“Thank you so much for coordinating your students with Harvest Hope. They did an absolutely tremendous job! I was so thankful for the energy and spirit the students brought to their volunteer efforts—everyone worked so hard. Southside Christian School now holds the record for senior boxes packed by a school—as they packed 1,000 boxes! (250 more than the previous record holder.)I truly was impressed, and look forward to working with you again soon!” -Tanya Yachaina, Harvest Hope
Our commitment to reaching out to those in need in our community has been recognized in tangible ways. SCS students were the first-ever recipients of the Order of the Silver Crescent awarded by the governor of SC. They also received Habitat for Humanity’s education award and the Outstanding Youth Volunteer award presented by the SC Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging. In addition to the outreach programs at their school, SCS students, through their own initiative, frequently serve at their churches, on mission trips, and on behalf of numerous human service agencies.
To view photos from community service in the 2018-2019 school year, please click here.