Wolf Pack Service Day

 Students Shoveling

Aiden P., Kat C., and Peyton K., members of the Phelan Pack, shovel mulch.

At Collegiate Academy (CAC), the students put the school’s Core Values into action each quarter by performing community service projects. “Whole child education at Collegiate means growing ethical leaders and responsible citizens through real experiences and service projects,” according to Principal Chris Becker.  “We can’t just talk about these values in classroom discussions.  Our Secondary students have an obligation to model our values to our Elementary students, in addition to giving back to our community.”  The upper and middle schools are divided into four groups or “packs” (based on the school mascot of the wolf).  Each pack chose a project at the beginning of the year, gathered the needed equipment and supplies, and figured out the logistics to accomplish their goals. On a temperate October day, they set out to accomplish them.

Phelan Pack learned about maintaining clean water systems at the South Platte River Nature Center, while helping with a trail clean up along the river.  Ulric Pack spent the day doing yard work with an affiliate of Volunteers of America called Yard Angels.  Fridolf Pack delivered over 1000 pounds of food collected during the CAC food drive to HOPE Food Bank.  While there, they sorted food and clothing and learned the stories of some of the people they were helping.  During this time they were inspired to work in partnership with HOPE for their next service project as well!  Lobo Pack spent the day cleaning up in their own neighborhood.  They picked up trash and debris around CAC and the surrounding businesses.

 Students Digging    Students Helping at Food Bank
Alex C. and Michael W. work near the S. Platte.   Members of Fridolf Pack sort food at HOPE Food Bank. 

Based on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s philosophy of self-reliance, Collegiate has developed four "Core Values" which guide our community on the path of self-reliance. Students at Collegiate are encouraged to embody these values everyday while in school, but are also expected to live these values outside the walls of the school to become true community leaders.  These values, including: Integrity, Ownership, Quality, and Perseverance receive weekly focus, with students receiving community recognition for accomplishments in these areas.  

If you or your organization have an interest in partnering with Collegiate students for a future PACK Community Volunteer Day, please contact: Rebecca Page at [email protected].  Join them to inspire students as caring, successful, and self-motivated citizens.

Collegiate Academy of Colorado is a tuition-free Jeffco Public Charter School located near C-470 and Kipling Parkway.

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