Service learning at Beacon Academy offers students a personalized approach to making a difference in the larger community, and as a school focuses on a few non-profit partners each year that Beacon students and faculty will support on a regular basis to develop relationships and participate in consistent and meaningful service. This year’s partners are Evanston School Children’s Clothing Association (ESCCA), Family Focus, and Connections for the Homeless/Hilda’s Place.
Beacon Academy’s annual Service Learning Fair takes place each fall and introduces students to many of our 30+ non-profit partners. Following the fair, students are invited to connect with an organization based on student availability, transportation, interests, and previous service experience.
Additionally, students will be informed about both school-wide project based opportunities to serve such as the Empty Bowl Project, food or book drives, or community clean-ups and various opportunities that arise in the greater community. Many of these opportunities are planned and led by Beacon Academy’s Interact and SERVE Club, which focuses on leadership through community service.
Reflection on service is encouraged. Students who choose to document their service learning experiences using reflection forms can compile them in their personal service learning e-folder and will establish a comprehensive portfolio.