Service Learning Groups / Clubs At LCS
”If you want to give others happiness, practice compassion. If you want to make yourself happy, practice compassion.”
- The Dalai Lama
At Lincoln Community School, helping our students learn and practice compassion through service to the broader community is one of our top priorities. From turtle-hatchery projects to weekend "builds" with Habitat for Humanity to weekly "Service Wednesday" trips, we offer learners at all levels the opportunity to transcend barriers, develop stewardship, and build empathy as they work on issues of local and global importance.
At the elementary school level, service is integrated into the academic learning experience through outreach projects built into classroom units. In middle school, service becomes more formal as classes choose specific long-term volunteer projects designed to complement classroom learning. In high school, students pursue service hours as part of a core set of outside-the-classroom activities, meeting specific volunteer requirements that will help them stand out to the colleges and universities where they will soon apply.
Through all LCS service activities we teach students teamwork, respect for human dignity, and personal qualities like curiosity and determination. Reaching out beyond the walls of the academy, engaged learners uncover personal talents, discover the ethical implications of their life and actions, and build an awareness of and empathy for the common challenges facing humanity.
Global Issues Network
|Boldly going into local schools and communities, Lincoln’s Global Issues Network (GIN) volunteers work closely with area students to find solutions to pressing issues in their communities. Recent programs raised awareness of the environmental, social, and economic dangers posed by plastic trash. Alongside local students, GIN has presented its environmental awareness campaign to a large audience in the nearby community of Teshie.|
Roots and Shoots
|A worldwide youth activist program started by Jane Goodall, the LCS Roots and Shoots chapter has sponsored the International Day of Peace and is involved in enrichment programs for animals at the local Primate Center. Donations of labor and funds have helped the center as it expands to take in orphaned and unwanted animals.|
National Honor Society
|Lincoln’s National Honor Society reaches out beyond LCS walls to give scholarships to local students. Money for books, uniforms, and school supplies supports area learners who might not otherwise be able to continue their studies. Over the past three years, dozens of students have been helped through funds raised by the LCS chapter of the National Honor Society.|
| ||Lincoln is privileged to work with WorldReader.org in a bold experiment to measure the effects of e-readers on reading comprehension and vocabulary in students in rural Ghanaian schools. LCS student and teacher volunteers visit a school outside Accra on Saturday mornings throughout the year, helping their pupils read books on Kindle e-readers and motivating them to enjoy literature.|
AIDS Education Group
| ||The LCS AIDS Education Group trains Lincoln teens as certified AIDS educators, then sends them out to help inform other young people in Ghana about the disease. As the group gives the certification course to others, their students then become teachers as well, creating exponential change in local schools and communities.|
Street Girls Aid
| ||During afternoon visits to the Street Girls Aid Daycare Center, LCS volunteers are often greeted by sleepy-eyed toddlers just waking from their daily nap – but the yawns don’t last long! Our students get them going easily with theme-based lessons and individualized playtime. Time spent with these youngsters enriches the lives of both toddlers and volunteers.|
Beacon House Orphanage
| ||This orphanage is literally a beacon of hope for the at-risk children who call it home. LCS is happy to provide student volunteers who help support the caring staff at Beacon House. Activities include dancing, singing, and giving lots of TLC to the kids. Lincoln IB art students have also decorated the orphanage grounds with an original mural.|
New Horizon Special School
| ||At this school for children with special needs, LCS students put on soccer clinics, get involved in hotly contested games of Uno, and supervise drawing and other arts activities. |
| ||This group of dedicated Lincoln pupils reach out to local schools to help students succeed in reading. They help make learning fun by playing “thinking games” and surprising everyone with an occasional treat. Like many of our service groups, this tutoring activity is a homegrown idea, proving that LCS students are not shy in meeting leadership challenges.|
|The Step Team has accepted the challenge to teach step dancing to non-LCS students of various abilities, including the intellectually and physically disabled. This 100 percent student-led and student-inspired organization is proving that stepping out of one’s comfort zone can be a whole lot of fun.|