Coed, independent, PK-12th grade school in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Service Week 2017

We don't count the hours, we make the hours count!

A week of March is dedicated in Upper School as Service Week, where week-long projects serve those in need in our local, national and global communities. The student-started effort has taken our high schoolers as far away as a coffee plantation in Guatemala, and they've also assisted with coastal restoration efforts through Tampa Bay Watch closer to home.

Local Service Projects

Art-Abilities: PARC
By day, students will learn a variety of improvisations and theatre games which they will then teach to Lower School students at Shorecrest, Middle School students at Academy Prep and share with clients at P.A.R.C. in St. Petersburg. On select nights, students attend a variety of Theatre performances. Lunches should be brought from home.
Bayou Brigade
A series of environmental education, awareness and clean up activities around Saint Petersburg.
Monday, 3/13 - Clam Bayou Retention Pond Cleanup (from water's edge & by rowboat), Pinellas County Solid Waste Facility Tour (3 hours of community service).
Tuesday, 3/14 - USF Clam Bayou Marine Education Center: Working with Teresa Greely, morning activities will include replacing mulch around plants, clearing beach front of invasive species and weeding. Wear appropriate clothing. Afternoon activities will include seine netting for fish counts, testing water chemistry, collecting meteorological data, sampling sediment/substrate etc. The data we collect will be added to GLOBE, an international database. (6 hours of community service).
Wednesday, 3/15 - Weedon Island: Sensing Nature will conduct a session called "Social Responsibility and Coastal Conservation," which includes an on-site litter clean-up, data gathering and related discussions about the impacts of litter. In addition we will add canoeing around Weedon Island picking up litter and learning more about the environment. Bring water-shoes or back-strapped sandals for canoeing. (6 hours of community service)
Thursday, 3/16 - Ft. Desoto: Sensing Nature will continue the session, which includes an on-site litter clean up, data gathering and related discussions about the impacts of litter. In addition we will add canoeing around Ft. Desoto picking up litter and learning more about the environment. Bring water-shoes or back-strapped sandals for canoeing. (5 hours of community service)
What to bring: work gloves, sunscreen, bug spray, hat, water bottle. Pack a lunch and drink each day.
Dress: Dress for outdoor work, bring a pair of closed toed shoes everyday & back-strapped shoes or water shoes for canoeing (Wed/Thur)
Bus transportation provided daily from Shorecrest Campus departing at 8:30am to various work locations and back to campus by 3:30pm.
Clean-Up Pinellas and College Application Essay Work
Serve the community while preparing for college by spending much of four days learning how to compose memorable college application essays. We'll look at many examples, and you will receive feedback on your writing from your peers and from an English teacher. In the afternoons, we'll be of service to the community and the environment. We will spend at least two afternoons at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve and the rest of the week at other parks and/or beaches. Expect to write and perhaps rewrite at least two application essays and earn a minimum of 10 hours of community service by helping to keep our region's parks beautiful. Breakfast and lunches on your own.
Change The World Through Music
Change the World with Music gives students the opportunity to work with nonprofit organizations such as the Gasparilla Music Festival, Recycled Tunes, Academy Prep, and other organizations that focus on providing instruments and music education to students in need. 
Kind Mouse
We will be working with Kind Mouse all week with whatever they might need: unloading food donations, helping around the warehouse and office, or packing Mouse Nibbles food bags for hungry children. Bring a lunch and drink every day.
Fur, Feathers, Fins and Friends
Fur, Feathers, Fins and Friends is a service program to benefit animals. We will be traveling to local organizations (SPCA of Tampa Bay, Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the Center for Great Apes) who provide care for wild animals and conservation of their habitat as well as adoption and care for domestic animals and homeless pets. Transportation will be arranged through small carpools from school for the local activities and by bus for those that require more distant travel.
Great Explorations Children's Museum 
Explore service learning opportunities with St. Pete's Great Explorations Children's museum! Fee includes a security/background clearance for working with children. At Great Explorations Children's Museum, hands-on challenges and role-play make learning fun for kids. (Lunch is on your own that week, eateries nearby)
Habitat for Humanity
This year we will be working with Habitat for Humanity Pinellas county on two different projects: home building and working at the Habitat ReStore. Both projects will involve learning about the work and need of Habitat and building along with the potential homeowners as they complete their sweat equity. Please be open and flexible with your placement, as you are not guaranteed a worksite. Both projects are important and critical to the work done by Habitat. Pack sunscreen, water bottle, a hat, a lunch and drink every day.
Saint Vincent de Paul: Hunger and Homelessness
A group of 10 students will work on a variety of projects at Saint Vincent de Paul to benefit the homeless and hungry, including veterans. Daily bus transportation to and from Shorecrest provided.
Southeastern Guide Dogs
Students will travel to Southeastern Guide Dogs and walk the dogs in training, collect and donate materials, make puppy collars and help spread the word about the work done by SEGD. Students could be asked to help in the training kennel bathing dogs as well as help the building and grounds department (painting foot bridges and benches, weeding, budding and mulching in the rose garden or trimming hedges and plants on the puppy walking paths.) Pack a lunch and drink every day.
Teaching Tech
Students will work with residents at Sunshine Senior Center to teach essential skills of technology, Skype, social media and online safety. Pack a lunch and drink every day.
Students will work with CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse), working with families overcoming domestic violence. Pack a lunch and drink every day.
CASA Murals
Students will design murals for CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse), working with families overcoming domestic violence. Pack a lunch and drink every day.
Make Pinellas Beautiful
Students will work with Make Pinellas Beautiful on environmental clean ups. May involve working in a beach setting. Please pack a hat, a water bottle, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, a lunch and a drink everyday. 
Urban Gardening
Students will work with Farmer Ray to revitalize nearby urban gardens through learning about horticulture, native plants and farming techniques. Please pack a hat, a water bottle, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, a lunch and a drink everyday.
St. Pete Free Food Clinic
Students will work at the St. Pete Free Food Clinic, a local center dedicated to helping alleviate hunger within St. Pete. Pack a lunch and drink every day. 
Equine Rescue
Students will work to rehabilitate horses within the Tampa Bay region. Pack a lunch and drink every day. 
Fort De Soto
Students will help clean up Fort De Soto, including park areas and beaches. Please pack sunscreen, a water bottle, mosquito repellant, a lunch and a drink everyday.
Goodwill Suncoast
Students will participate in the Junior Ambassadors of Goodwill (JAG) program, a service-learning leadership development program that includes learning about how Goodwill operates and various programs to help the community.

National Trips

College Migration - Multiple locations in Florida
Contact: Mrs. Blessing
5 colleges, 4 days, 3 service sites, 2 college counselors, and 1 trip that impacts many. During this trip students will have the opportunity to travel around various locations in Florida, touring college campuses such as University of Miami, Florida Atlantic University, Nova Southeastern University, Rollins College and The University of Florida. The service aspect includes assisting Migrant Education Centers with tutoring, after-school programs, etc. 

New Orleans, LA
Contact: Mr. Asad 
During our stay in New Orleans, we plan to focus on rebuilding the community and connecting with the people. In partnering with HandsOn New Orleans, we will be performing service in areas like youth recreation, urban gardening and environmental restoration, school renovation and neighborhood beautification. New Orleans is a city that has been through a lot of damage and destruction in the past, and we want to be part of the restoration. During this 5 night, 6 day trip, we aim to complete 20 - 25 hours of service and also learn more about the culture of this very unique city. Planned by seniors Courtney M and Chisom N.

Nantahala National Forest, NC
Contact: Mr. Steele
This group of senior girls will travel on Sunday, work at the National Forest Monday - Thursday, and travel back to Shorecrest on Friday. After a hike to work each day (no more than five miles) to destinations set up through Friends of Panthertown, the group will remain on location overnight and hike to the next location the following day for work. 
Charleston/Edisto Island, SC
Contact: Mr. Heller 
Most of the work will be done on Edisto Island with one day in Charleston for service.
Photos from last year are here.
Smoky Mountains, TN
Contact: Mr. Schneider
The GSMNP Trip is designed to give 10 boys in the senior class an opportunity to camp in the National Park and work for up to 21 hours with the National Park Maintenance Staff. Participants will assist the staff in the opening of Elkmont Campground. In the past, students have engaged in strenuous manual labor. The 10 boys and two chaperones will travel by bus to the park. Both chaperones have CDL licenses. The participants are responsible to bring tents, sleeping bags and clothing to temperatures ranging from 20 degrees to 80 degrees. Rain is likely. Snow is a possibility. All food is provided. Day 5 of the trip is scheduled for hiking, exploring the park, dinner and touring Gatlinburg, TN. One scholarship is available to an applicant who has qualified through the SSS by NAIS program.

International Trips

Costa Rica
Contact: Ms. Thorn
This trip will provide participants with the opportunity to perform approximately 20-25 hours of community service working with the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation (CRHF), while enjoying immersion in Spanish language and the warm and welcoming Costa Rican "Tico" way of life. The CRHF works to improve the quality of life of the most vulnerable populations in Costa Rica. It manages more than 50 projects throughout the country, focusing on education, community development, primary and preventive health care, and extensive support services for women, at-risk youth and indigenous groups. All needs that the CHRF addresses are defined by the local populations, thus ensuring a high level of commitment to each of its programs. We will primarily work in La Libertad in the city of La Carpio, a poor neighborhood with many Nicaraguan refugees, most of whom are women and children. We will do a variety of different tasks that directly improve the lives of individual families and of the neighborhood in general. The tasks include pouring cement floors in homes, assembling bunk beds, painting and working with children in the neighborhood community center.
Photos from previous trips are here and here.
Anse à Galets, Haiti
Contact: Juliette Shelton (
Youth Partners with Haiti (YPWH) is a youth service group dedicated to developing leadership in high school students through philanthropic projects, service trips, volunteering and community service. All projects are focused on improving the lives of children and families in La Gonȃve and Titans, Haiti, by providing access to education, clean water, and medical and dental care. The focus is on the poorest families who lack access to these basic services. All services and projects of YPWH are in collaboration with the community of St. Isadore parish in Haiti to help achieve the mission. Youth Partners with Haiti has previously hosted four youth service trips with students representing twelve different schools in the St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay area. 
Students will be exposed to local culture as they travel and explore the Haitian Islands. Students will journey to different destinations every day, and service will be tailored to the community's needs at each location. The group will provide services in collaboration with national partners: Dress a Girl Around the World, Library for All, Partners with Haiti, The Backpack Fund, and Play it Again Sports. We'll also spend time organizing and participating in extracurricular activities and sports at each school we visit. Students will have the opportunity to work on water projects and an agricultural co-op. We will spend time at the clinic and at each of our partnering schools. We will be serving food to the local families at each destination and donating backpacks, dresses, sporting goods, and demonstrating how to use the newly funded tablets and access the digital library. 
Opportunities abound to build long lasting relationships with your tripmates and international relationships with all of the local children. We will be spending time at each village leading activities. Students will have the opportunity to play baseball, soccer, make beaded bracelets with the older kids, or being a child's hero coloring, jumping rope, playing with stickers, blowing bubbles - all while creating lifetime bonds. 
Participants will spend time immersing themselves in the Haitian culture as we visit local restaurants, orphanages and local businesses. Students will have the opportunity to swim in the bright blue waters of Haiti and spend time in the sun at local island beaches. Students may hike green mountain ranges and sightsee waterfalls and rain-fed streams, often accompanied by Haitian kids, cows, mules and more. 

Scholarship Opportunity

Through generous funding of The Jan and Craig Sher Service Learning Fund, we are able to offer two scholarships for students interested in a national Service Week opportunity. Students must:
  1. Attend Shorecrest Upper School
  2. Receive at least 50% financial aid
  3. Have a 2.5 GPA or higher
  4. Have zero suspensions
Students must write an essay to apply and once the trip is completed. Priority will be given to seniors and juniors. Students can only receive this award once. Please contact Mr. Duran-Medina at if you are interested and believe you/your student qualifies. 

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