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Service Learning

Inspired by the motto of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Actions Not Words, Holy Child Academy values and integrates many opportunities for service learning. With both action and prayerful reflection, our students discover that service is more than a box they need to check off at the end of the day or an extracurricular activity, but an invitation to transformation, growth, and relationship. By learning about the experiences of others, investigating different issues, and reflecting on the Gospel, we form disciples of Christ, agents of justice and mercy, and active members of their community.

One goal of HCA’s service-learning program is to pair each grade with a service partner. By focusing on the idea of partnership, students learn that service is not something we simply do for others, but participation in a shared responsibility to advocate for change, healing, and love in our communities. By working with the same partner throughout the year, students have an opportunity to form a relationship with the individuals involved and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges being addressed.

In addition to working with different service partners, students also participate in school-wide projects that serve the community. Such projects include raising money for a particular mission at the Halloween Mission party, preparing and delivering Thanksgiving baskets for families in the local community, and hosting bake sales to raise money for current causes, to name a few.

While we teach the value of service partnerships and organized projects, we also hope to instill the importance of carrying the spirit of service throughout the day. In particular, on any given day, middle school students can be found helping early childhood drop off their backpacks and walk to their classrooms in the morning, assisting teachers with cleaning up their classrooms at the end of the day, and helping teachers coordinate dismissal. Overall, students at HCA, learn that service is, ultimately, a way of life; an opportunity to give to others a love full of action.



Service Partner


Nursery 2 & 3

Community of Gratitude

Create and deliver cards of gratitude to members of the school and local community

Pre-K & Kindergarten

School Drive Coordinators

Plan, coordinate, and advertise all of the school collection drives throughout the year

1st Grade

Little Flower Manor

Send letters and videos of song and dance to the residents.

2nd Grade

Cradles to Crayons

Write well-wish notes for children experiencing poverty in the local area and coordinate a Pajama Day fundraiser.

3rd Grade


Plan and coordinate different initiatives at school and in the local community that address different environmental issues (i.e. littering, recycling, waste-free lunches, etc.)

4th Grade

St. John’s Hospice

Prepare a casserole for men experiencing homelessness once a month

5th Grade

Project Linus

Make fleece blankets for children who are in the hospital and are in need of warmth and care.

6th Grade

Sonshine Academy

Create books and activities for the children at Sonshine Academy once a month.

7th Grade

Circle of Hope Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Make sandwiches and bagged lunches for individuals experiencing homelessness in Kensington and throughout the archdiocese.

8th Grade

Epiphany House & Providence Center

Help Epiphany House, an organization that supports foster and adoptive families in the local community, with creating digital content for their website.

Create STEAM kits for students at the Providence Center, a Society of the Holy Child Jesus ministry in Philadelphia.