ASCENSION EPISCOPAL SCHOOL

Community Outreach

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."
-Galatians 6:9-10

What significant impact can my life have on others both near and far?

At Ascension, community service is a requirement for many grade levels and an expectation that we believe is vital to the building of character for all our students.

Through a large array of programs and projects, students meet this expectation and discover the deep personal rewards of heart and mind that come from giving of themselves to others. We embrace both the concepts of community service and service learning by providing opportunities not only to address existing needs, but to enable students to apply knowledge and skills gained within the classroom and through Christian Education. These opportunities stimulate initiative, creative thinking, and the development of leadership skills.

Sugar Mill Pond Campus

On the Sugar Mill Pond Campus, opportunities for service exist through classroom programs, grade level projects, campus-wide service days, and the community service leadership positions including the Community Service Prefect and Community Service Class Leaders. Students also initiate individual projects in response to specific community needs.

To fulfill the school’s graduation requirements, beginning in 9th grade, students must complete 60 hours of community service with at least 30 hours for community endeavors not affiliated with Ascension. A minimum of 15 hours per year is required on the Sugar Mill Pond Campus.

Each grade level, 9-12, is assigned a non-profit organization in the community that they will serve at in a small group with their classmates during the school day once per quarter. In addition to school day service projects, student volunteer opportunities are set up at these organizations outside of school time. The purpose of this is to build meaningful, impacting relationships between our students and local service organizations within our community. We aim for our students to become Christ-like servants who value helping others and making and impact, answering the guiding question, “How can I impact others near and far?”

Each class is assigned the following organizations:

  • Freshmen - St. Joseph’s Diner
  • Sophomores - Camelot of Broussard
  • Juniors - Project Front Yard
  • Seniors - Habitat for Humanity

8th grade students will participate in a service preview day during their Spring semester in which they will get a chance to learn about each one of these organizations and begin to build enthusiasm form serving with them.

Downtown Campus

Students in grades 1-7 raise money to support the “Reaching the Pygmies” ministry in Uganda by contributing money for special “dress days” throughout the Lenten season.

This year, Ascension has chosen The Kindness Project as its mission theme. Teachers and students in every grade will be choosing and carrying out various acts of kindness in both our school and community.

Students volunteer at Games of Acadiana and participate in the Change for Miles program. Both are annual community fundraising events forMiles Perret Cancer Services, a local nonprofit center dedicated to providing resources and services at no charge to individuals and their families who are fighting cancer.

In grades 5-7 students are provided opportunities during their advisory period and in organized clubs to participate in many different service-related activities.

River Ranch Campus

Even the youngest Ascension students understand the concept of sharing, taking on their own unique projects to help others in need. Every few years, students participate in St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Trike-a-Thon to raise funds and learn valuable bicycle safety lessons.

Because children relate to animals and pets, at Christmas time the children collect food, toys and necessities for local animal shelters on the River Ranch Campus. The children enjoy watching the office tree fill with adorable pet items and say prayers for the homeless pets. They are made aware of how and where to rescue animals.

Our Preschool students also give to the “Reaching the Pygmies” ministry during Lent. They are shown compassion and the importance of educating others.

Outreach Partners

  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Project Front Yard
  • Camelot of Broussard
  • St. Joseph’s Diner
  • Miles Perret Cancer Services
  • Games of Acadiana
  • Reaching the Pygmies Ministry
  • Souper Bowl of Caring
  • Olive Branch Ministry
  • United Blood Services
  • Youngsville Toys for Tots
  • Episcopal Schools Game for the Cure
  • School Supply Drive for Youngsville area schools
  • St. Jude’s Trike a Thon

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