Community Service


Service Leadership Class

In the Service Leadership Class, St. Paul’s is teaching and molding community leaders of the future. This class provides 11th and 12th grade students a hands-on, project-based experience of philanthropy that helps them develop the skills and awareness to make a positive difference to their communities.

This special group of committed students participates in several regular service activities such as weekly tutoring at Prichard Preparatory School, Kate Shepard Elementary School and the Regional School for the Deaf and Blind, for which they had specific training. They also serve as Patrol Leaders for the Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs at Augusta Evans, a school for mentally and physically challenged children. In addition to these regular activities, students are individually responsible for developing one-time service projects for the entire class. For example, one Service Leadership class planned a menu, then shopped for, prepared, and served dinner for McKemie Place, a shelter for homeless women.

The class also follows a Youth Leadership curriculum to develop skills in public speaking, organizing and leading programs, and attaining the self-confidence and ability to work with a variety of populations.

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.

Little Saints Serving

St. Paul's students in Pre-K through Fourth Grade are introduced to community service through the Little Saints Serving program.  At this young age serving others is part of the regular class curriculum.  Our Little Saints participate in one service project each year in their focus area.  For example, fourth graders are trained in class to work with visually and hearing impaired children so they can host a Valentine carnival at the Regional School for the Deaf and Blind.

Community Service

Community Service is an integral part of the St. Paul’s experience. Our commitment to service involves providing opportunities to serve others both within and beyond our school community.

Students in grades nine through twelve are required to complete 15 hours of community service each year. They may choose projects suggested by the school, or may help any 501©3 nonprofit agency such as a food bank or homeless shelter that has special significance for them. Additionally, most grade levels have a Service Day during which the entire grade participates in a project relevant to their focus area.


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