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 a 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. A list of our service partners can be found below.

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 advertize all of the school collection drives throughout the year

1st Grade

Little Flower Manor

Invite senior residents to visit Holy Child and perform skits and songs for the residents

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2nd Grade

Cradles to Crayons

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

Pajama Day fundraiser

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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

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5th Grade

Christ in the City

Collect plastic bags and create sleeping mats for individuals experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia

6th Grade

Sonshine Academy

Visit the children at Sonshine Academy once a month and share planned activities with the children

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7th Grade

Epiphany House

Visit Epiphany House, an organization that supports foster and adoptive families in the

local community, and help with different technology and maintenance projects once a month

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8th Grade

Providence Center

Circle of Hope


Invite students from the Providence Center to work on different STEAM lab projects

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Prepare sandwiches once a month for Circle of Hope ministries, an organization

that serves individuals experiencing homelessness in Kensington

Visit Manna and prepare meals for individuals experiencing life-threatening illnesses

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Holy Child Academy
475 Shadeland AvenueDrexel HillPA 19026

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