One of Episcopal’s founding principles is the imperative that the school prepares students for a lifetime of Christian leadership and service to others. Our service opportunities promote the development of responsible leaders who value citizenship and community. Our ties to the Episcopal Church integrate the ideals of equity, justice, and a just society throughout the life of the school. Through servant leadership opportunities, our students learn to humbly serve others. Celebrating Service Day, held each year, epitomizes the school’s mission – to provide for and love others through action and a selfless investment of time and resources.
On the Beaches Campus, students learn with ambition, love with purpose, and lead with courage. Our “Make a Difference Mondays” tradition once a month is a tangible way for our students to love others by taking action to help those in our community and participate in other outreach activities. Some of the activities 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 6th 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, community service hours are asked of every graduate. However, the 100-hour requirement is often exceeded by the time students are seniors. More than 50 student-run clubs, Touring Day for Fine Arts, sports-team specific projects, the St. Mark's Campus 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
Each year, Episcopal students provide more than 4,500 hours of community service on the school’s annual Celebrating Service Day. Students pack more than 30,000 meals for Hunger Fight, spend time learning about area non-profits, working with students at the North Florida School of Special Education, senior residents from Brookdale Southside, and students from Arlington Elementary. Students also fill bags with food and toiletries for the homeless, make toys for homeless pets, write letters to service men and women and to area hospital patients, and clean up at St Augustine Road Fish Management Area at Earl Johnson Park, the Old Kings Road YMCA, the Salvation Army on West Adams, Hope Haven, American Cancer Society, Malivai Washington, Arlington Community Academy, and Sanctuary on 8th. Finally, choral students bring Songbird – a music therapy program for memory loss patients – to the Starling resident home. This day truly embodies the spirit of our community as we work to become "doers of good."