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

Service Week 2020

The wellbeing of our students and community is paramount to all we do at Shorecrest. Due to recent events in the Tampa Bay area and in honoring our partnerships with multiple community organizations, we are taking the unprecedented step of canceling Service Week. Upper School faculty and students have been informed. 

Our first priority is making sure seniors meet all requirements for graduation and Bright Futures. We will then work on making sure students are supported in finding appropriate service opportunities when it is safe and appropriate to do so. We emphasize that the responsibility of serving the community and completing our service requirement rests with the student with support from the school. 
Families will be credited for their Service Week charges in full. 

We look forward to continuing to help our Tampa Bay community, nation and world in the future through learning and service.

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

A week of second semester in Upper School is dedicated 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.

2020 National 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 for remaining balances
  • Enrollment for trips done by Friday, October 26

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

3/24 - 3/29, $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.

Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota

3/20 - 3/29, ~$2300
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. View photos from last year here.

Local Service Week Experiences

Things to Know:
Sign-ups start at 12:40pm
Tuesday, November 19th-Seniors
Wednesday, November 20th-Sophomores
Thursday, November 21st-Freshmen
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.

10 students. Dean Sessions. $75.
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 wall art for CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse), working with families overcoming domestic violence. Pack a lunch and drink every day.

10 students. Mrs. Peck and Mr. Steele. No cost to student. 
Students will assist with helping clients through food preparation, sorting clothing and other tasks as needed. Pack a lunch and drink every day. 

Equine Rescue
10 students. Mr. Irwin, Mr. Ndiaye and Mrs. Elouej. $40.
Students will work cleaning the buildings/grounds, do yard work, and work to help train a miniature horse at a horse rescue facility located in Plant City, dedicated to saving and rehabilitating horses. Wear work clothes. Pack a hat, sunscreen, lunch and drink every day.

Fort De Soto
30 students. Mr. Marcelli, Mrs. Ellis 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. Frey. $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. Gende and Mr. Gende. 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. Dr. Grimaldi. $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!).

Habitat for Humanity
20 students. Mr. Hyink and Mrs. Thorn. 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 and Mr. Brown. $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.

Kind Bowls
10 students. Mr. McDonough. $40.
Students will design and create art to be donated and auctioned in support of The Kind Mouse.

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. Pallares and Mr. Alonso. $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. 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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Shorecrest Preparatory School is a private, non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students preschool through high school, located in St. Petersburg, Florida.