Community Service is Part of Our Mission:
Improving Ourselves for Our Community,
Improving Our Community for Ourselves.
Community Service is an important part of WSC Academy’s design, so important that we created the
Community Service Pledge. But without action, a pledge is only words.
This school year WSC Academy Brighton put on a Week of Caring, which included students volunteering
their time to several area organizations: Meals on Wheels, Gleaners, and Be Our Guest Adult Day Care.
Additionally, Brighton’s Project Based Learning students created a video for submission to the Livingston
County United Way’s Campaign Video Competition.
WSC Academy Ypsilanti developed three separate Community Service initiatives: a Reading Buddies program
for one-on-one reading with kindergarten students at the nearby Perry Early Learning Center, a Pennies for
Patients drive to cure Lymphoma and Leukemia, and a Toilet Paper Drive for the nearby Hope Center pantry.
The Reading Buddies program resulted in over 130 hours of one-on-one reading, utilizing more than thirty
high school students. Our students created a coloring book that detailed the progress of the reading program
and presented them to the kindergarten students at Perry Early Education Center. High school students who
mentored these young children discovered how much they had in common, and both groups of students had a
hard time saying goodbye at the end of the program.
The Pennies for Patients Drive raised over 250 dollars to fight Leukemia & Lymphoma and resulted in our
school being rewarded with proclamations and a gift of pizzas for the entire student body for our outsized
generosity. As the Campaign Coordinator of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society wrote to us, “$250!
WOW! That’s so generous of your small school community! Thank you so much for your support to end
blood cancers. We appreciate all you do!” WSC Academy is determined to double our total in next year’s
Families who need assistance are not allowed to
buy toilet paper with their Bridge Cards. To help
fill the need, and to have a light-hearted program,
we decided to make a collection. Our Toilet Paper
Drive for the HOPE Center (“Help Wipe Out HOPElessness”)
was extremely successful, collecting over
235 rolls for the community pantry, and resulting in
our students being featured in a publicity photo for
the Hope Center to be shared on their website. The
HOPE Center has asked us to hold two drives next
The Corporation for National and Community
Service says, “Service-learning enhances students’
valuable academic skills, including communication,
team-building, and critical thinking; builds their selfesteem;
and develops their sense of responsibility for
decision-making.” We at WSC Academy believe that
community service is part of what we do, because
community service is authentic learning.
Tom Pare’, Dean of Education
Second Place Lake Superior State University
2003 ASME Regional Students Conference District Design Competition – Region 5