"Meaningful relationships through service to others," is one of the pillars of the Lausanne Way, and something Upper School Counselor and Learning Specialist Samantha Douglas said she knew she wanted to ingrain deeply in the freshman class.
As part of that, this year Lausanne Collegiate School has partnered with Crump Elementary School, a school of over 700 students in southern Shelby County. During their advisory period, freshmen will travel to Crump twice a week to tutor first-grade students in Math.
"Crump Elementary enjoys a rich history of academic and cultural excellence that is a result of a collegial relationship between the school staff and parents who provide a diversity of experiences for our students," Crump principal Dr. Lyne Ssebikindu said.
"We are hopeful that this relationship with Lausanne and Crump will grow exponentially over the next few years," Mrs. Douglas said. "Rachel Hammons and I have found opportunities for students to do CAS (creativity, activity and service) projects, personal projects and general volunteer opportunities as well, There are also a lot of ways that the Lausanne faculty can get involved as well."
On Thursday, Upper School English teacher Heather Clagett and Director Financial Aid Courtney Carlton’s advisories went to Crump to volunteer at their Hispanic Heritage Festival.
Students served refreshments to the students, made snow cones, painted faces and mingled with the elementary kids.
“This was such a fun first day for our advisories at Crump. They were having a fiesta assembly and learning about the Hispanic culture. The students & teachers were so thankful to have our help. Our kids jumped right in and started serving snacks, food and mingling with the students. They had a great experience and we are looking forward to going back,” Mrs. Carlton said.
The advisories will be returning on Friday to tutor the first graders that the freshman class has been working with this year.
If you would like to volunteer to help out at Crump, contact Rachel Hammons (students) or Samantha Douglas (faculty).
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