Coed, independent, PK3-12th grade school in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Service Week 2019

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

A week of March is dedicated in Upper School as Service Week, where 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.

2019 National and International Trips

Policies:
  • 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 for remaining balances
  • Enrollment for trips done by Friday, October 26

National

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

3/3 - 3/8, $310
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 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 10 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. View a few photos from last year here.
One scholarship is available to an applicant who has qualified through the SSS by NAIS program.
Contact: eschneider@shorecrest.org


Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota

3/2 - 3/8, ~$1800
Working with the Lakota through Re-Member (www.re-member.org), an organization dedicated to helping the Lakota Sioux people live better lives through cultural exchanges and direct service. View photos from last year here.
Contact: rheller@shorecrest.org


Panthertown, NC

3/3 - 3/8, $800
Park and trail maintenance with the Park Service. Intense camping experience for senior girls. Get an idea from these old trip photos.
Contact: msteele@shorecrest.org


Key Largo, FL

3/3 - 3/8, $1575
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!

We will be working beside partners at Habitat for Humanity in the lower Keys to support the local community in repairing homes damaged by Hurricane Irma. Projects will also include supporting the Dolphin Research Center and John Pennekamp State Park who experienced damage from the hurricane. All projects will add meaning and value to residents, and are considered environmentally conscious projects.

Lodging will be with private cabin/beach partners. During down-time students can swim, snorkel, fish, kayak, paddleboard, and enjoy the real “Keys” life! If you like to cook, students can assist in on-site meals  and take part in creating team breakfasts at the cabins.'

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.
Contact: vanessa@led2serve.org

International

Costa Rica Service Journey

3/3 - 3/9, $2295
This Journey will provide all team members with the opportunity to support many community based projects throughout Costa Rica. Partnered with Led2Serve, with a 10 year history of deep rooted community relationships, students will support a local reforestation effort, local schools with teaching english, sport, music and art projects. Students can choose the way they want to serve on-site each day, as we have several ongoing projects. Education, environment, sustainability and community are all key factors of all projects and partners.

The first part of the week we will stay in a private sustainable farm lodge on a beautiful lake, locally owned, within walking distance to a school in a small community with 12 students. Mid-week we will relocate to Nuevo Arenal community to support a teaching program with students grades 1-6. We’ll enjoy a day of hiking the Mistico Hanging Bridges and Zip-lining/adventure, as well. Serve, play, and adventure in Costa Rica while gaining hours for community service and giving back to a beautiful country!

All meals, lodging, flights and transportation included. A bilingual Journey Leader will accompany your trip to ensure smooth and seamless logistics while you explore and serve others.
Contact: vanessa@led2serve.org

Local Service Week Experiences

Things to Know:
Sign-ups start at 12:40pm
Wednesday, November 7th-Seniors
Thursday, November 8th-Juniors
Friday, November 9th-Sophomores
 
Fees are billed automatically to your student account. Fees are necessary because of transportation costs, materials used in the service projects, donations and group meals.

CASA
12 students. Dean Sessions and Mrs. Ellis. $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. $50.
Students will design murals for CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse), working with families overcoming domestic violence. Pack a lunch and drink every day.

Fort De Soto
30 students. Mr. Updike, Mr. Alonso and Mrs. Estremera. No cost to student.
Students will help clean up Fort De Soto including park areas and beaches. Please pack sunscreen, a water bottle, mosquito repellent, some snacks, a lunch and a drink every day.

Fur, Feathers, Fins and Friends
20 students. Mr. Seymour and Mrs. Grimaldi. $30.
Service program to benefit animals. We will be traveling to local organizations (Pet Pal Rescue, Friends of Strays, 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. Students must be 16 in order to volunteer at these shelters.

Goodwill Suncoast
20 students. Mrs. Blessing and Mr. Ndiaye. 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. Sra. Andrés. $24 for FDLE Background Check (will be reimbursed if student volunteers at Great Ex again.)
Explore service learning opportunities with St. Pete's Great Explorations Children's museum. Fee includes a security/background clearance for legally working with children. At Great Explorations Children's Museum and Pre-School, hands-on challenges, specialized activities, and role-play make learning fun for kids (and volunteers!). Transportation will not be provided so students may drive themselves or go with other participants in the program.

Habitat for Humanity
10 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, a water bottle, a hat, and lunch every day.

Keeping Pinellas Beautiful
30 students. Mr. Walgren, Mr. Cameron, Mr. Paige and Mrs. Sanders. $20.
Students will work with Keep Pinellas Beautiful on environmental clean ups. May involve working in a beach or park setting. Pack a hat, water bottle, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, and lunch every day.

Kind Mouse
10 students. Mrs. Burke. $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.

RVR Horse Rescue
10 students. Mrs. Pallares. $40.
Students will work cleaning the buildings/grounds, do yard work, and help rehabilitate horses at RVR, a horse rescue facility located in Riverview, dedicated to saving and rehabilitating horses. Wear work clothes. Pack a hat, sunscreen, lunch and drink every day.

Teaching Tech
10 students. Mr. Rho. $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.
 
Theatre for All
12 students. Mr. Leavengood. $20.
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. Pack a lunch and drink every day.
 
Urban Farming with Foundation for Sustainable Families
20 students. Ms. Udwin and Ms. Ekblad. No cost to student.
Students will work on an historic Pinellas Park farm, working with crops and helping with cleanup and maintenance of grounds. Please pack a hat, a water bottle, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, a lunch and a drink every day.

Urban Gardening
20 students. Mrs. Thorn and Mrs. Schneider. $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 repellent, a lunch and a drink every day.

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 dduranmedina@shorecrest.org if you are interested and believe you/your student qualifies. 

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