Why Community Service Matters
A high-quality education is a gift that not everyone receives. Those fortunate enough to be able to spend our high school years engaged in this kind of deep and rich learning have a responsibility to think about what such an experience means. One of the ways we ask our students to do that at Gann is by challenging students to engage in community service.
In keeping with the fundamental Jewish values of gemilut hasadim (acts of loving kindness) and tikkun olam (improving the world), Gann Academy consciously strives to connect midrash (intellectual creativity) and ma'aseh (responsible action).
Gann Gets Out — Serving Community
Everyone at Gann—students and faculty—takes part in community service throughout the year. As a result, the school has special partnerships with many area service organizations.
These organizations include nursing homes, food banks, soup kitchens, rebuilding homes after natural disasters, nursery schools, day care centers, community farms, and transitional homes. They look forward to our regular visits and appreciate what Gann's community contributes.
Freshmen participate in one planned community service days, often with faculty and staff members. They prepare for these service days in their advisory groups and by researching a social or community issue. A typical service day may involve serving a meal at a soup kitchen, cleaning up a park, or speaking with homeless guests. We want our students to understand the complex social issues of the world.
Sophomores, juniors and seniors are required to spend 18 hours each year volunteering. They choose the organizations or issues that are most important to them and decide where they want to make a difference.
Many students report becoming more deeply engaged in issues of social justice as a result of their service. Most also develop practical skills and gain some valuable work experience. And most will tell you that service has been a major influence on their life goals.