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

Service Week 2018

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.

2018 National and International Trips

  • Informational meetings for parents will be offered, please check with chaperones
  • Think carefully before writing a check (DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE)
  • Deposits go to chaperones 
  • Accounts will be charged in December 2017
  • Enrollment for trips done by Friday, October 27


Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

3/11 - 3/16, $310
The GSMNP Trip is designed to give 11 boys in the senior class an opportunity to camp in the National Park and work for up to 20 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 11 boys and two chaperones will travel by bus to the park. Both chaperones have CDL licenses. The participants are responsible for bringing clothing and equipment adequate for temperatures ranging from 10º F to 70º F. Rain is likely. Snow is a possibility. We will set camp for a week and travel short distances to work. All food is provided and cooked at the campsite. 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.

Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota

3/10 - 3/16, ~$1800
Working with the Lakota through Re-Member (, an organization dedicated to helping the Lakota Sioux people live better lives through cultural exchanges and direct service.

Panthertown, NC

3/11 - 3/17, $650
Park and trail maintenance with the Park Service. Intense camping experience for girls. Get an idea from these old trip photos.

Key Largo, FL

3/11 - 3/17, $1500
Led2Serve, a Florida based 501(c)(3) organization, engages student teams in meaningful projects across the USA. On this Key Largo journey you choose from a variety of ways to support community partners each day!
Projects may include:
  • supporting the Dolphin Research center
  • serving evening community meals
  • building projects at the Wild Bird Sanctuary
  • clean up projects after Hurricane Irma
  • building a ramp for an elderly homeowner
  • reading and art projects at a local school
Lodging is on the Bay! Kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, and paddle boarding available during down time.
A Led2Serve Journey leader will accompany this trip to assist students in taking part in meaningful & life-changing moments while we serve, play and enjoy a beautiful location.


Costa Rica

3/10 - 3/17, $2999
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 CRHF 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.


3/8 - 3/17, $1975
We will spend 9-10 days in Châlons-en-Champagne, France, staying with families, volunteering, experiencing the food and culture, visiting local sites, learning some French, and making new friends. This service learning exchange has been taking place for over 20 years and we are looking forward to another great trip! You do not have to speak French or be a student of French to go, but a good attitude and an openness to learning a few words is a must.
View some old photos from a prior trip.

Local Service Week Options

Things to Know:
Sign-ups start at 12:40pm
Tuesday, November 7th-Seniors
Wednesday, November 8th-Juniors
Thursday, November 9th-Sophomores
Friday, November 10th-Freshmen

Fees are billed automatically to your student account
Art-Abilities: PARC
12 students. Mr. Leavengood. $80.
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 PARC in St. Petersburg. On select nights, students attend a variety of Theatre performances. Lunches should be brought from home.
Bayou Brigade
20 students. Mrs. Peck/Mrs. Walker. $90.
A series of environmental education, awareness and clean up activities around St. Petersburg.
Monday, 3/12 - Clam Bayou Retention Pond Cleanup (from water's edge & by rowboat), Pinellas County Solid Waste Facility Tour (3 hours of community service).
Tuesday, 3/13 - 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, 3/14 - 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, 3/15 - 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.
How to 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.
25 students. Mrs. Klement and Mrs. Burke. $30.
Students will work with a local non-profit to build beds for families in need.
12 students. Dean Sessions and Mrs. Morlando. $60.
Students will work with CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse), working with families overcoming domestic violence. Pack a lunch and drink every day.
CASA Mural Painting
10 students. Mrs. Gaglio. $30.
Students will design murals for CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse), working with families overcoming domestic violence. Pack a lunch and drink every day.
Equine Rescue
10 students. Dr. Hamilton. $50.
Students will work to rehabilitate horses within the Tampa Bay region. Pack a lunch and drink every day.
Fort De Soto
30 students. Mr. Sober, Mrs. Thorn, Mr. Alonso. No cost to student.
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.

Fur, Feathers, Fins and Friends
20 students. Mr. Henderson and Mr. Seymour. $30.
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.

Goodwill Suncoast
18 students. Mrs. Schneider and Mr. Fludd. No cost to student.
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.

Great Explorations Children's Museum
10 students. Mrs. Andres. $75.
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
20 students. Mr. Hyink and Dr. Littlefield. No cost to student.
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.

Kind Mouse
12 students. Mr. Thayer. $40.
We will be working with The 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.

Make Pinellas Beautiful
30 students. Mr. Walgren and Mr. Cameron. $20.
Students will work with Make Pinellas Beautiful on environmental clean ups. May involve working in a beach or park setting. Please pack a hat, a water bottle, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, a lunch and a drink everyday.

Ronald McDonald House
8 students. Mrs. Udwin and Mrs. Ekblad. $30.
Students will prepare meals for families seeking medical treatment in St. Pete Hospitals.
Southeastern Guide Dogs
8 students. Mrs. Pallares. $75.
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
10 students. Mr. Rho. $20.
Students will work with residents at Westminster Palms to teach essential skills of technology, Skype, social media and online safety. Pack a lunch and drink every day.
Teaching Tech 2
10 students. Mr. Chin. $20.
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.
Urban Gardening
20 students. Mr. Dillow and Mr. Paige. $20.
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.

Scholarship Opportunity

Through generous funding of The Jan and Craig Sher Service Learning Fund, we are able to offer one scholarship 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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