In addition to excelling in the classroom, Hockaday girls make a commitment to serving others and improving the community in which they live. From weekly tutoring at DISD schools, to building Habitat for Humanity homes, volunteer work for students covers a broad spectrum of needs and organizations. At Hockaday, community service is focused on service learning. Students are encouraged to build meaningful relationships with organizations, understand the issues like hunger, homelessness, and domestic violence that they encounter in their volunteer work, and to reflect on the service they’re involved in and the impact they have on their community.
- In the 2012-2013 school year, Hockaday girls spent over 22,000 hours serving the local Dallas community including over 11,000 hours tutoring and working with students in DISD schools.
- Hockaday students have worked with over 200 organizations in the Dallas area.
- Students across all grade levels participate in monthly drives including a food drive, gift drive, essential needs, and a coat drive.
- For the past six years, Hockaday students have joined with St. Mark’s to build seven Habitat for Humanity homes in West Dallas. In 2014, students will work together to build another Habitat home.
- There are over 50 girls in leadership positions for Community Service, including those who serve on the Community Service Board to educate their peers, serve as liaisons at service projects, select projects, and organize all of the school-wide drives.
|The Hockaday-St. Mark's Community Service Program seeks to develop in our students a sense of purpose and responsibility to contribute to the well-being of all in our community. |
- Foster empathy and an appreciation for a broad range of backgrounds and experiences
- Develop the ability to communicate meaningfully and respectfully with all individuals
- Promote service learning in all aspects of serving
- Promote the breaking down of stereotypes and misconceptions
- Provide the opportunity to do real work and develop real skills
- Encourage students to step out of their traditional daily interactions
- Create meaningful relationships and conversations with all communities in which we work
- Instill a lifelong commitment to service and advocacy
- Develop global citizens committed to the well-being of our planet and sustainability of global resources
- Foster future leaders empowered to work towards social justice
Director of Service Learning