Service Learning at Clairbourn

Civic engagement is an important component of a private school education, and at Clairbourn, citizenship is one of the values in our Code of Ethics. Beginning in preschool, students actively participate in thoughtfully organized, age-appropriate service activities that teach civic responsibility, leadership, and community assistance.
 

Lessons in Leadership - A Special Morning Assembly Series

In a recent Morning Assembly, the topic was on the school’s new mission statement “Creating Scholars and Leaders with Heart.” The student presenters delivered the following five messages about the importance of student leadership. The topic was prepared by foreign language and drama teacher Cara Barker. Her Insights are based on the work of DiSC and the work of psychologists David Merrill and Roger Reid, who in their book Personal Styles & Effective Performance identified four social styles. 
 
Crafting Student Leaders:
 

A Comprehensive Approach

At the core of the Service Learning Program is a spirit of grateful awareness for the blessings in our lives combined with a heart of service that puts into practice the ability to do good for others. Clairbourn's mission statement is "Creating Scholars and Leaders with Heart," and service and leadership work are key elements of that mission.
 
This includes opportunities to serve on the Middle School Student Council as well as to participate in classroom-based activities that across every grade go beyond simple volunteerism. Through instruction, discussion, guided participation, reflection, and even hands-on projects that could involve face-to-face interaction with those who receive the service, students experience a wider-view of their place in the world and discover how they can make a difference.
 
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. 
 
 

Student Council Leadership Superstars!

Clairbourn's middle school is buzzing with the spirit of student leadership. We had an exceptionally large turnout of students wanting to serve their school as Student Council Representatives in this last election cycle. In fact, 37.5 percent of our entire middle school just ran for office!

 

Recent Service Projects

List of 6 items.

  • Homeless Services

    Second graders collected and donated pocket change (amounting to thousands of dollars) to a transitional family living facility. They also toured the facility at the end of the project to see the impact of their service work.
  • Food Pantry Support

    Middle School students worked at a local food bank, stocking shelves, and distributing food to individuals and families.
  • Shoe Collection & Donation

    Two Middle School girls started an independent service project where 400 pairs of shoes were collected and donated to the Soles for Souls charity. They mobilized the student body to bring in their shoes that were no longer needed and then partnered with Clairbourn’s fifth graders who counted and sorted the shoes for their class service project. They even raised funds to help pay for shipping.
  • Christmas Presents for Children

    The Clairbourn Families Association (CFA) provides a number of projects that allow parents and students to work together to benefit worthy causes. These projects often involve the whole campus in one unified charitable giving effort, such as the Holiday Giving program where faculty, staff, children and their parents select and purchase gifts for needy children registered with the Foothill Unity Center.
  • Bike Repair & Donation

    A student wanted to fix up a broken bike and donate it to a charity. He worked with a teacher who established an elective class for middle-schoolers to refurbish old bikes which were then donated to a local home for abused and neglected children.
  • Visiting the Elderly

    Kindergarten students brought cheer and companionship to the neighborhood senior care facility by singing holiday songs and spending time visiting with residents. Sixth-graders followed up by recording oral histories of some residents and making posters of their lives.
 
 

4th/5th Grade Gives Back through Service Learning

Clairbourn encourages and supports students in being responsible, respectful, and resilient citizens through our Service Learning Program.

 

New Tricycles Gifted to Preschool by Eighth-Grader Andrea M.

Andrea M. (in Grade 8) has generously donated new tricycles and a tricycle garage to Clairbourn's Preschool and Kindergarten. The old tricycles were a little rusty and mostly unusable after many years of weather exposure. Andrea has been at Clairbourn for ten years, and she wanted to find a way to give back and show her gratitude for her time at Clairbourn. Through her generous donation, Clairbourn was able to purchase all new tricycles and helmets and construct a sturdy, new tricycle garage.

5th Grade Pet Supply Drive to Benefit Local Animal Shelters

Clairbourn students in Grade 5 are asking for pet supply donations to Operation Santa Paws as part of their service learning project. All donations will benefit animals cared for by the local shelters. All donations will benefit animals cared for by the local shelters. Bring items to school by December 14, 2018.

 
 
 

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Clairbourn School is a coeducational, private school for students in preschool through middle school (JPK-Grade 8) that has continuously served the greater Pasadena area since 1926. We are known for excellent academics, our welcoming community, our attractive campus, and a strong record of sending graduates to top area high schools.
Private School Education for Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary School, & Middle School Grades - Serving Families in the Pasadena Area and Surrounding Cities
Clairbourn is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. (K-12 Private Schools)