Dear Parents of Freshmen,
On January 12, we will be launching the Freshman Service Experience (FSE) for the freshman class. The goals of the FSE are to help freshmen explore what "service to others" means, discover the many needs in our Houston community, learn about our Students of Service (SOS) organization and our service partners in Houston, and understand why EHS takes service seriously. We mean it when we say we want our students to grow and prepare for meaningful lives in service to others.
FSE will be launched on January 12 during Chapel time, with a freshman workshop on service. Your child will be sent home with a booklet explaining the service requirement, providing a calendar of designated FSE service project options, and including short descriptions of the organizations and the people they serve. With your input and considerations given to your child's service interests, family schedules, transportation needs, and activity conflicts, we're asking students to rank their top choices from the list of service dates in the booklet and submit that request by January 31. We will sort those requests in the order received and then let you and your child know what their service assignment will be. Students will participate in ONE off-campus or TWO on-campus service events, which are scheduled between January 12 and March 21. On March 23, the class will meet again for a "Wrap-up and Reflection" workshop during Chapel time, to reflect on their experiences of service and learn how they can continue to serve our neighbors.
The off-campus organizations we are working with are following masking and social distancing recommended precautions, and on-campus we will follow all of the EHS policies regarding the same. Even so, please talk with your child about COVID safety, and be sure to guide him/her in selecting a service project you are all comfortable with.
While completion of the Freshman Service Experience is an expectation for the freshman year, its significance is so much greater than simply checking that box. Our hope is that each freshman will gain both an understanding of why it's important to serve others and a desire to continue to go out and do so. After all, as our School Mission states, we are in the business of preparing students for meaningful lives in service to others.
Beth Holden - Dean of Spiritual Life
Katherine Weigand - SOS Co-Director
ReBecca Alcala-Dominguez - SOS Co-Director
Katie Samson - SOS Co-Director