Establishing Community and Global Partnerships For Service LearningLCS 2025 STRATEGIC PLAN GOAL #6
“We’re different from other schools”… Delivering on our promise to equip students for impact in a changing world.
When asked “why should we apply for LCS?” we like to say, “We’re different.” We are a K-12 school with the mission of integrating an authentic Christian faith into learning. Everything we do points us to the life and model of service to others that we see in Jesus. Service Learning is one of the ways we are delivering on our vision for an educational experience that results in an eternal impact on ourselves and others.
Students, parents, staff, and alumni have shared with us their desire to see more students serving in the local community and being equipped to have impact in the world. We are aiming to create a program that is both local and global, where students will be genuinely changed and develop a heart of service, compassion and leadership.KEVIN MIRCHANDANI, DIRECTOR OF LEARNING
Service learning is something different from “outreach and missions,” even though the activities could look similar.
We are aiming to create a program, eventually K-12, where students have multiple opportunities to learn through serving others both inside and outside our school. We see these as additional opportunities to encourage the 6 learner attributes and support our new K-12 Bible curriculum goals.
Service learning, as distinct from outreach or missions, involves clear connections to what students are learning in their classroom curriculum. In contrast, missions and outreach involves our attempt to change others, but service learning highlights our desire for God to change us.
Who is leading the Service Learning Program?
Mr. Chris Seppelt is our new K-12 Service Learning Coordinator. He is an experienced teacher who has a passion to model Christ to others and has over 25 years of experience leading service learning experiences locally and internationally.
I’m excited for the school’s vision of ‘connect’ to continue to inform our Bible curriculum and the learner attributes. I feel like as a school community we have really leaned into the ‘hearts’ and ‘minds’ aspects of the curriculum and now we can add more service opportunities by leaning into the ‘hands’ of our vision statement.MEGAN WALL – ELEMENTARY TEACHER
What do we hope for the Service Learning Program in the coming months and years?
Over the next school year (2023-2024), there are plans to have students involved with serving with local community organizations in the Fraser Valley. There are also plans underway for a service learning experience to the Bronx, New York for Grade 11/12 students (March 15-23, 2024).
We plan to add other opportunities local within British Columbia and internationally. We know there are parents and ministry leaders within our community that can partner with us to create other opportunities for service. It is our deep hope to see our LCS community continue to experience God’s faithfulness and be committed to providing experiences that shape learners and communities around the world.
If you would like to get involved and partner with the school to create future opportunities, we would love to hear from you (firstname.lastname@example.org).