At Harding Academy we believe that service is leadership. For that reason, our goal is for every student in every grade to be involved in community service. Every grade level has its own community service initiative, in addition to two all-school initiatives each year. The middle school students also have two days per year when they take the day to go into the community to serve.
We have put a lot of thought into creating meaningful service opportunities for our students – more than checking a box or going through the motions. True community engagement happens when we match a student’s passions and interests to a need in the community. It is our desire to make a real difference in Nashville and the world, not just to create good feelings or even “teachable moments” for our students. By showing what is good and productive about service learning, we hope to create an environment that will be attractive to others and a beacon of hope in the community.