The growing through service school
Community service at Seven Hills extends authentic opportunities beyond the classroom, encouraging student involvement in wider community affairs and building a sense of responsibility. By developing volunteer relationships with service agencies, nursing homes, and hospitals, we increase students’ awareness of contemporary political, social, and environmental issues, both local and global, and foster their empathy for others.
Our Kindergarten through fifth grade students share responsibilities to coordinate a program for The Open Door Ministries. Kindergarteners decorate lunch bags while the older students make and deliver sandwiches to those served by the drop-in center. This extensive relationship sustained over time helps students understand and empathize with a local problem.
First graders raise funds, buy a guide dog, give it a name, and present it as a gift to a visually-impaired person. Pre-Kindergarteners make fleece blankets for the Linus Project so that somewhere in Cincinnati an underserved child is warm and comforted.
Fourth Graders are Book Buddies with local elementary school children in pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grade. Our students buy books with money earned by doing chores at home, and share these books with their young Book Buddies, endowing classrooms with needed book collections. Fourth graders also coordinate an annual schoolwide Spring Food Drive, which we donate to the Cincinnati Freestore/Foodbank, while fifth graders organize the fall UNICEF collection, distributing collection boxes to all students to use while they "Trick or Treat."
By the time students are fifth graders, they’ve participated in dozens of community service initiatives and they have begun to develop as thoughtful leaders. They become concerned citizens, authoring impromptu acts of goodwill. By weaving service into the very fabric of the Seven Hills experience, our students begin to understand their role as future leaders in the greater world.