Students in "Call to Serve," St. Andrew's service learning class, traveled to north Wilmington in early November to participate in a Habitat for Humanity build. "This critical part of the curriculum demonstrates the praxis to the 'book learning' that has gone on in the classroom all fall," explains Chaplain Jay Hutchinson, who teaches the course.
The Call to Serve class examines the intellectual, moral, and spiritual mandates for community service as an integral part of human development. Students explore concepts such as vocation, voluntarism, and the “ethic of care." The aim of the course is to find links between school coursework, local service-learning opportunities, and how students react to those opportunities; weekly journals reflect on both classroom discussions, guest lecturers, and various service activities.
"All the service learning that takes place in this course fulfills the biblical mandate 'to not only love in word and speech but in truth and action' [I John 3:18]," added Chaplain Hutchinson. "The students loved this experience—the hard work, the camaraderie, and the chance to DO service." This fall marks the first time St. Andrew's students have been able to participate in off-campus service opportunities since the fall of 2019; COVID-19 restrictions during the previous school year prevented students from participating in these activities. In a normal school year, all students (not just Call to Serve students!) have multiple opportunities each week to participate in off-campus community service.