Walden School K-12 Service Learning and Leadership

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
                                                              - Mahatma Gandhi

Walden considers its commitment to community service an integral part of the school's overall educational philosophy, program, and curriculum. Walden’s service learning activities foster community service, compassion, reflection, and collaboration, supporting the school’s core values of community, respect, and responsibility.  By giving of ourselves, we gain a fuller understanding of what it means to be part of a larger community. Through individual, small group, and school-wide acts of service, we help all members of the Walden community develop the belief that giving back to those in need is a lifelong responsibility.

Service-learning provides one of many opportunities for students to learn leadership skills. Walden sponsors three Kiwanis Club of Louisville - sponsored service clubs: K-KidsBuilders Club, and Key Club.  Other leadership opportunities include classroom group work, participation in Kentucky Youth Assembly, Jr. KYA, Kentucky United Nations Assembly, Jr. KUNA, Student Council, National Honor Society, Jr. NHS, a variety of clubs, high school service-learning Capstone project, etc.

Service Learning Days
Each semester, one school day is devoted to service learning. Our high school goes off campus, while the lower and middle school divisions collaborate on projects to aid the school and the greater community. This fosters collaboration among divisions and students and partnerships between school and the local communities.

Dates set for 2016-2017 School Year:

  • “Giving Tuesday” - Nov. 29, 2016

  • Mayor’s Week of Service - April 21, 2017

Lower School

  • K-Kids Club is a Service Leadership program affiliated with Kiwanis International that provides an opportunity for Walden fourth grade students to give back to their community and serve others. K Kids meet monthly during the school day to plan events and fundraisers. Some of the fundraisers include:  Babysitting afternoons for K-2 students, selling glow items at the school’s Monster Mash, and the Cutest Pet contest.  The funds generated from these fundraisers go to help community organizations such as Kosair Children’s Hospital, The Humane Society, and Wayside Christian Mission.

  • Day of Service - The lower and middle school homerooms collaborate on projects to aid their school and the local and global communities. A few of the organizations assisted in the past include: nursing homes, US troops (care packages), Dare to Care, Kosair Children's Hospital, and VA hospitals. On the fall service day, students reaffirm their commitment to Walden’s Compassion Resolution.

Middle School

  • Builders Club is a service club open to students in grades 5-8. The club meets twice per month to plan service events and fundraisers. The club participates in Me to We (“We Day”) by performing one local service project and one global service project. The global project requires research and formal presentations by the club’s Charity Committee, and funds raised by the annual Cupid Grams sale are donated to that selected charity.  Some of the organizations they have supported in the past include Dare to Care, World Food Program, and Global Fund for Women.

  • Jr. National Honor Society - Students who maintain a high GPA are invited to join the JNHS. Each member is required to perform ten hours of local community service and serve as leaders within the school community by demonstrating good citizenship. One of the many organizations they have supported in the past includes Blessings in a Backpack.

  • Day of Service - The lower and middle school homerooms collaborate on projects to aid their school and the local and global communities. A few of the organizations assisted in the past include: nursing homes, US troops (care packages), Dare to Care, Kosair Children's Hospital, and VA hospitals. On the fall service day, students reaffirm their commitment to Walden’s Compassion Resolution.

High School

  • Each student is required to perform 20 hours of community service annually.

  • Each student is required to complete a service-learning Capstone Project.

  • Service learning clubs:

    • Y-Club- Each member commits to extra service hours. Walden participates in the Y-Club-affiliated  KYA and KUNA to foster leadership and civic and global citizenship.

    • Kiva

    • Girl Up

  • National Honor Society  - Admission into the NHS is based on high GPA, a formal application, and rigorous review by a faculty committee.  Once admitted, each member commits to service-related leadership role. NHS organized the high school’s Day of Service.

  • Day of Service - One Friday each semester is devoted to a Day of Service off campus.  The High School works together as a whole and volunteers a day of physical labor.  The High School has worked at Jefferson Memorial Forest, The Americana Center, Caperton Swamp, and Yew Dell Botanical Gardens.