At the heart of the service learning program is a theme of grateful awareness for the good in our lives, and a heart of service that puts into practice the ability to do good for others in less fortunate circumstances. Classroom-based activities go beyond simple volunteerism and include specific instruction, discussion, guided participation, reflection, and hands-on projects that involve, when appropriate, face-to-face interaction with those who receive the service.
One important characteristic of Clairbourn’s service learning program is the ability of even young students to make thoughtful decisions that have real results. Many projects come from ideas suggested by students who have seen or heard of a need and want to work with classmates to respond to it.
Sometimes projects involve the sharing of ideas and projects with students in schools around the world, such as fourth grade students exchanging hand-made bookmarks with students in Pakistan, with each bookmark reflecting some element of school life in the respective country.