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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.

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.

Service Projects

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  • Homeless Services Support

    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.
  • 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.

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!

Grade 4 and 5 Service Project: Learning the Power of Giving

Clairbourn School's service opportunities for students hold impactful lessons on giving, empathy, selflessness, and kindness. Whether it's donating food or holding a book drive, such opportunities can improve work ethics in young students and can provide them with a sense of greater purpose.

4th/5th Grade Gives Back through Service Learning

Clairbourn School, home of the Cougars, encourages the love of learning and supports students in being responsible, respectful, and resilient citizens. One way in which the school brings this to life is through their 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.

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Private School Education for Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary School & Middle School. Serving Families in the Pasadena Area and San Gabriel Valley. Clairbourn is a 501(c)3 charitable organization (K-12 Private Schools) and accredited by CAIS and WASC.