Leadership begins by knowing how to serve others, and Project Outreach is the key service leadership experience for ninth graders. In March, during Special Programs, the class travels to Philadelphia where they stay, together with 10 Holderness faculty, at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Wayne, Pennsylvania for ten days while working to help others. Each year our students help maintain Philadelphia’s expansive Fairmount Parks
and volunteer with Episcopal Community Services in a number of ways. Our students work with SERVE
—two of the city’s distributors of food to shelters, soup kitchens, and struggling families—MANNA
, an organization that helps prepare meals for those too sick to leave their homes, and Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission
, which helps prepare meals that get served to the homeless of Philadelphia.
Participation in Project Outreach satisfies Holderness School’s requirement for community service, and yet most of our students continue volunteering for the rest of their Holderness careers and beyond. The lessons learned about social responsibility are profound, and the tangible satisfaction of helping others is one that endures.