Serving others is a key component to the Ensworth mission statement. Service Learning Day has been incorporated into the curriculum in order to ingrain the value of service into our Ensworth community. During these designated days, each student is exposed to different organizations in and around Nashville that will hopefully spark an interest and get them involved in the future.
“Service Learning Day gives us all a chance to give back to the community in such a fun way. The organizations we help are always so thankful and I think this day always helps kids realize how lucky we are and how much we need to use our talents to help others.” -Isabel Reeve ’16
This February an enthusiastic group of about 390 Ensworth students, faculty and staff ventured out to 23 non-profit organizations throughout Middle Tennessee including Nashville Rescue Mission, Feed The Children, Project C.U.R.E, Mercy Ministries, Graceworks, Martha O’Bryan, Lakeshore Meadows, Susan Gray School, Park Manor, Nashville Cares, The Bridge Ministry, Project Redesign and Cheatham County Animal Control to serve their community. The tasks-at-hand ranged from maintenance work, reading to children, serving the elderly, caring for animals and much more.
Sophomore Crosslin Archdeacon spent the day at the Martha O’Bryan Center with eight of her classmates. Crosslin’s favorite part of the day was playing in the classrooms with the kids.“Getting to see their little faces light up when we played with them was such a great feeling,” she said.
“To help a little kid love school and reading helps far more than any amount of money could. Working at Martha O’ Bryan helped me see the change I can make in a little kid’s education. The excitement on their faces is unimaginable and for that they taught me far more than I could ever teach them.” -Wylie Lowe ’16
“Service learning is a great opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and interact with people you rarely talk to. Working with kids is something I really love, and its great to have that opportunity through Ensworth.” –Kendall Downey ’15