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Service Learning

Do Your Child's Education A Great Service!

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A critical aspect of our Faith is our ability to guide each student to have a heart for Service. Our Service Learning Program is a model platform that serves as a best-in-class example for other local schools. We have all of our students fully engaged in service projects throughout the year. The opportunities for service are numerous and allow our students to continuously give back to our local community.

One of Notre Dame Academy's missions is to form responsible men and women. To that end, students at Notre Dame Academy are given the opportunity to put their learning into practice. Each year, students pursue the study of a specific societal problem and then participate in a service project to address that need. Notre Dame Academy partners with organizations such as the Georgia SPCA Animal Shelter, Ronald McDonald House, Clyde's Kitchen, and Habitat for Humanity.

Notre Dame Academy's unique service learning curriculum offers many important benefits:

  • Increased sense of citizenship and social responsibility
  • Development of stronger problem-solving skills
  • Increased leadership skills
  • Greater cultural awareness and tolerance
  • Improved ability to work with others

Service Learning Partners

Early Years Campus

GA SPCA Animal Shelter - EYC students donate much needed pet supplies and cleaning products first semester.

1st Grade

Ronald McDonald House - At the beginning of the school year, EYC - 12th grade students donate snacks for the families who stay at RMH, a home away from home for the families of seriously ill children in Atlanta hospitals. Throughout the year, students collect pop tabs. The money generated by the pop tabs provides financial support for the many programs and services of RMH.

2nd Grade

Country Gardens - 2nd grade classes make monthly visits to Country Gardens, an assisted living facility in Duluth, playing games with the residents and making a craft with and for them.

3rd Grade

Amigos for Christ - EYC - 12th grade donate chewable children's vitamins for children in Nicaragua, at a mission outreach location of Amigos for Christ. 3rd grade also collects Spanish children's books during Family Night at the Book Fair, and EYC - 8th grade donate gently used backpacks at the end of the school year.

4th Grade

Hands of Christ, a Duluth Cooperative Ministry - EYC - 12th grade donate non-perishable food items twice a year to help families in need seeking assistance from DCM, a local food bank.

5th Grade

Catholic Charities - EYC - 12th grade donate gently used sneakers at the ND Academy Fun Run and participate in Chest of Drawers refugee outreach by donating new clothes and shoes for two refugee families who have been relocated to Atlanta.

6th Grade

Peachtree Christian Hospice - 6th grade students donate snacks to the families PCH serves and to the employees of PCH to show our appreciation for the work they do and the services they provide the community with end of life care to those who are dying and their families. Students also make cards, letters, and drawings for the families and employees, and provide baskets of baked goods several times throughout the school year.

7th Grade

A Beacon of Hope - 1st - 12th grade students bring a baby gift to the baby shower, which is hosted by the 7th grade class. A Beacon of Hope is a faith based, non-denominational, pregnancy crisis center.

8th Grade

Annandale Village - 8th grade students spend time interacting and forming relationships with the villagers, who are adults with developmental disabilities, 5-6 times out of the school year.

Clyde's Kitchen - EYC - 12th grade students bring in fruit, and 8th graders deliver the fruit donations and serve in the kitchen of Clyde's Kitchen, a soup kitchen for the homeless in Atlanta, 8-9 times out of the school year.

Upper School

Rainbow Village - On the 3rd Fridays of every month, upper school students participate in “Fun Fridays” with the children who attend the after school program of RV, an organization to support families, mostly single mothers with children, who are transitioning from poverty to financial independence.

Habitat for Humanity - In the fall, upper schools students partner with other Catholic communities throughout the Archdioceses of Atlanta by participating in the Pope Francis Habitat for Humanity building project. Students prepare and serve lunch one Saturday in the fall to the volunteers and Habitat for Humanity workers at the building site.

All School

Académie Notre Dame à Madian - Notre Dame Academy held a “Help for Haiti Day” to offer financial assistance to Académie Notre Dame à Madian after the destruction of Hurricane Matthew. In addition to “Help for Haiti Day”, ND Academy raises additional funds for the school in Haiti through “Penny Wars” during Catholic Schools Week.