Rutledge Fellows of Philanthropy
Mahatma Gandhi said "you must be the change you wish to see in the world." The Rutledge Fellows of Philanthropy Program at St. Paul’s Episcopal School speaks to this desire to help mankind. Beginning in fifth grade, students who have a passion for service have the option of joining the Rutledge Fellows of Philanthropy for their grade level.
The Rutledge Fellows of Philanthropy Program was named after former Headmaster Robert H. Rutledge to recognize his lifetime commitment to serving both St. Paul’s Episcopal School and the community at large. As an extension of St. Paul’s Community Service Program, Rutledge Fellows visit non-profit agencies to learn about the importance of philanthropy and leadership, and to perform service projects.
Each grade level in the Upper School has a different focus area such as the elderly, the homeless, the environment, etc.
For example, the tenth grade focus area is the environment. The entire grade participated in a service day at Dauphin Island where they picked up trash, cleaned parks, and visited the Estuarium to learn about the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. The Rutledge Fellows of Philanthropy for tenth grade have also participated in Coastal Cleanup and Keep Mobile Beautiful electronics recycling, as well as supporting recycling efforts at school.
Under the guidance of faculty sponsors, the Rutledge Fellows in each grade will do at least one philanthropy project per semester in the focus area. These projects are in addition to the grade level service days in which all students participate.