Embedded in the Good Shepherd Lutheran School philosophy is the notion that through community service, students discover what matters most to them as individuals. They learn that the well-being of their local community is a shared responsibility which in turn enables them to explore their faith and become active and responsible world citizens. Community service helps students learn to be leaders and to apply moral principles to real-life situations.
The tradition of community service at GSLS involves students and faculty every year. Each grade has its own special way of participating in the greater community, from Kindergarteners working together with their third grade buddies to make cards and small gifts for the servicemen & women overseas, to the whole school ocean immersion projects that promote environmental awareness.
Students take on a substantial holiday responsibility, such as particiapting in the Christmas Giving Tree program, Samaritan's Purse, or supporting Gilead House single parent families. In order to reach out to the local community students bring canned and boxed food for the Marin Community Food Bank. The focus of the chapel offering each week is to a specific charitable organization. Students also support national relief efforts, such as collecting toiletries, socks and other necessary items for the victims of hurricanes and tornadoes.
All middle school students are required to complete community service hours during each trimester of middle school. Just as Jesus called his disciples to serve others, we ask our students to give of themselves. Students volunteer in numerous ways throughout their community. Students are required to complete a minimum of 43 hours throughout their three years at GSLS middle school. Many students volunteer hours well above the requirement. Students are recognized for their community service efforts at eighth grade graduation.