Country Day School of the Sacred Heart commits itself to instill in its students a social awareness, which impels to action and promotes the building of community as a Christian value. The Community Service Corps at Sacred Heart strives to execute these beliefs by encouraging each student to be an active participant in the process. "No one can claim the name Christian and remain at ease in the face of hunger, hopelessness, insecurity, and injustice found in the country and the world." (US Bishops' Pastoral on the Economy) Service to others is a fundamental part of our education.
Middle School CSC Requirement
Middle School Students are required to participate in ten Community Service events during the school year. Each “event” is recorded on a separate “Act from the Heart” form which is signed by an adult who supervised the event. Events completed during each quarter of the school year must be submitted to a CSC representative or the CSC faculty moderator by the end of that quarter. Events submitted late will not be accepted. The number of CSC events completed will be reported on each report card. “Act from the Heart” forms can be found on the school website.
Definition of Community Service
Community Service is defined as “Actions performed by a student that benefit the School, church and broader community.” (Article X, Section I of the CSC bylaws)
“Babysitting for free for relatives or family friends or working at a parent’s office for free is NOT considered community service. Likewise, activities performed for family members, such as visiting sick grandparents or helping one’s own parents or neighbors, are actions of a good family member and are not considered community service.” (Article X, Section II of the bylaws)
“Activities performed for membership in clubs or organizations of Sacred Heart (such as National Honor Society tutoring or choir functions) are NOT considered community service as they are part of membership responsibilities in these organizations.”(Article X, Section III of the bylaws)
Consequences of not completing ten events: Middle School Students who do not complete ten CSC events during the school year are not eligible to run for election to office of any organization and are not eligible for induction into the National Junior Honor Society.
Please see Opportunities to Perform Community Service
under CSC Handbook for ideas on how to perform community service.