Service Learning at Currey Ingram is designed to help students acquire age-appropriate skills and knowledge required to meaningfully participate and engage in projects and programs that serve others. Service learning integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience.
Lower School students are encouraged to continually show kindness to classmates, faculty, staff and parents through intentional words, notes and actions. Efforts such as these are encouraged and reinforced through the "Caught in the Act" system, which recognizes students for going above and beyond, such as helping a peer clean a spill without being asked or including a classmate who may feel left out. They also participate in our school beautification projects, such as planting flowers on Earth Day, and our annual Lower School Spaghetti Supper by making art projects for a silent auction. The funds from these projects not only support service projects and activities within the Lower School but a portion of the funds are also donated to service projects in the other divisions at Currey Ingram.
To support specific needs in the local community, Lower School students participate in our annual fall Second Harvest Food Drive and our winter program that provides mittens, gloves and hats to area shelters.
Middle School is an excellent time to instill the volunteer spirit and to provide opportunities for students to serve others. In addition, the Middle School applies its monthly character trait to service learning so student can correlate action to the trait. To support specific needs in the local community, Middle School students participate in our annual fall Second Harvest Food Drive and our winter program that provides mittens, gloves and hats to area shelters. In addition, students in fifth-grade and sixth-grade decorate lunch bags for Meals Wheels and students in seventh-grade and eighth-grade work with Feed the Children.
The Middle School has been a proud partner with the global non-profit organization WE (formerly Free the Children) for over three years. WE empowers students to be change agents on an international level. Through this multiyear project, the Middle School has chosen to raise money and contribute to sustainable schools in Kenya. In 2017-18, the Middle School WE Kenya Club donated $15,000 of the funds they have raised. The donation was used in Kipsongol, Kenya to build classrooms.
Volunteering for community service provides an opportunity for students to develop interpersonal and organizational skills, enhance self-esteem, and gain an understanding of important social issues. Therefore, Currey Ingram Academy Upper School requires all students to perform a service-learning project. Our goal is to help students develop a habit of volunteering and to assist them in finding the most meaningful service opportunities possible. Students will complete 30 hours of service outside of school hours.
A number of students participate each spring in the annual Habitat for Humanity’s “Habitat High Build" with high school students from across Williamson County. And the Upper School Community Service Club meets periodically to brainstorm and organize ways students can be involved in our Currey Ingram community as well as the greater community at large.