Service is not a graduation requirement at Presentation. That’s right – it’s not mandatory. So why do so many students at Presentation High School do service, if it is not required?
There are as many answers to this question as there are students who serve. But one thing they have in common is that they serve because they want to. They know that when they stand with those in our community who have the least, they not only contribute to the common good, but they also (perhaps unexpectedly) learn a great deal about themselves. They serve because they have chosen the challenging yet rewarding path of living our school motto, “Not words, but deeds.”
Presentation students have found rewarding service placements at a variety of organizations that focus on many issues: from homelessness and hunger to health care; from immigration to animals; from children to the elderly. Community Involvement assists students in finding service placements that best match their interests with the community’s needs. CI holds Volunteer Faires twice a year to introduce students to the range of opportunities available to them. But, perhaps most importantly, CI provided opportunities for students to reflect on their service experiences, asking and answering difficult questions. Why are people living on the margins? What can be done to address the root causes of poverty? How does it feel to serve? How does service relate to your faith?
It’s not required, it’s not mandatory, but Presentation students serve. Will you?