Laurel Upper School students working at EDWINS

Upper School: D3 Service Learning

As part of Laurel’s Upper School’s curriculum, D3 (Dream. Dare. Do.) Service Learning Days invite our girls to spend an afternoon volunteering at a local organization. Students involved with the D3 programming have volunteered with organizations such as MedWish, the Jennings Center, WomenSafe and EDWINS Leadership and & Restaurant Institute. Two experiences are highlighted below.
For Mei '20, Laurel School has been a sanctuary where she can develop her leadership skills and focus her attention on service. For example, Upper School girls spent the afternoon volunteering with WomenSafe, Inc., specifically in the Resale Shoppe in Chesterland, Ohio. Proceeds from the Resale Shoppe benefit the women staying in the shelter (located in Chardon, Ohio). Mei and her peers enjoyed their time organizing items while learning how the store helps so many.

“I had such a wonderful time volunteering at the WomenSafe Resale Shoppe! Our group has volunteered at the WomenSafe shelter many times, but this was our first time getting to visit their store. I always find it fascinating to see the ‘behind-the-scenes’ work that goes into running each nonprofit organization. I also had a great time getting to interact with some of the customers while organizing the items at the store with other students!” Mei '20

EDWINS Leadership and & Restaurant Institute is a local restaurant with a mission to give formerly incarcerated individuals a hospitality foundation while also providing support for successful re-entry. In 2019, EDWINS announced that they are expanding their Buckeye-Shaker Campus to include a bakery. Our girls spent an afternoon at the new bakery location painting, cleaning and assembling tables. They enjoyed learning about and touring this organization that is dedicated to giving people a second chance.

“Ever since I was little, I have always had an interest in helping people, animals, or my community. When I was in 7th grade, I started selling shirts with one of my friends to help save the elephants. Ever since then I have been inspired to help people and make an impact on our community and other communities. When it came time to decide, the service D3 seemed like the perfect way to do a little extra work during my week. The best thing about it is after it's over, I feel even better than I did before.” Mcgill '23

These are two examples of how our Upper School girls are immersed in helping the community and the valuable lessons learned from service. To read more about how extracurriculars like D3 Service Learning elevate a Laurel education, please visit our Upper School D3 webpage.
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