Heathwood Hall, the first school in the Midlands to include community service in its graduation requirements, will continue to build upon its strong history of civic responsibility by providing students with purposeful community service opportunities.
The Community Service Program is one powerful way the school manifests its commitment to stewardship. It recognizes a responsibility for service to the community and the value that service can have, not only for the recipient, but for the donor (or volunteer) as well. Ultimately, our community service program will enhance Heathwood Hall's ability to give our students the self-confidence and strength of character to marry wisdom and understanding with compassion.
Community Service Program goals include:
- Broadening students' perspectives and helping them to see themselves as a responsible part of the local, national, and global community;
- Enhancing students' awareness of their capacity to help others who are in need by training them in leadership and organizational skills;
- Increasing students' exposure to a diversity of situations, ideas, and people;
- Extending Heathwood Hall’s resources toward the betterment of the larger community;
Heathwood Hall students have opportunities at every grade level to use their talents, interests, and abilities to serve others. Each year students are engaged in service efforts designed to strengthen the greater community. Partnerships include:
Lower School – partnership with the Epworth Children’s Home and Arthurtown Child Development Center
Middle School – service learning project with Harvest Hope Food Bank. Students are educated about the complex issue of food insecurity. Our students’ participation in our annual Turkey Trot has raised over $100,000 for Harvest Hope during the past 10 years.
Upper School – chorus participates in the Salvation Army’s annual Christmas Kickoff at the State Capital; student-government participation in the Salvation Army’s annual High School Battle of the Bells; Gills Creek Association quarterly clean-up; senior class 29 year partnership with the Rural Mission - give of their time and talent to help refurbish homes on Johns, Wadmalaw, and James Island.
Heathwood Students’ opportunities to serve create not only a local connection, but also a national and global connection. In recent years Heathwood students have taught English in a school in the Dominican Republic (2014), helped farmers in Kenya (2010), and built a common area for a school in Costa Rica (2016).
“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.