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In the Sullins Academy Missions Statement we say, “we develop minds and character while providing inspiration for a lifetime.” We live these words out through a carefully constructed character development strategy based on three specific components:
1. Monday morning community time - Our entire Sullins family comes together each week to celebrate our successes and to focus on the character trait of the month. We read stories to emphasize the trait, we have short character talks and we have plays and skits. Each week’s community time is built around the current character emphasis.
2. Homeroom time and Advisory time - Students in grades K-5 continue to place emphasis on the character trait during their morning time. Students in grades 6-7-8 consider the same traits in their personal advisory groups. All students develop short skits, poems or presentations for our Monday community time.
3. Community service - All year long the students will participate in monthly service projects. Our goal is to move from “head knowledge” to “heart knowledge” to action. If gratitude is our month’s character trait, then we will show our gratitude by giving to others.
A sampling of community service projects includes:
-providing dog food for rescued dogs
-providing socks and underwear for homeless children
-taking blankets to the elderly and singing for them
-providing Christmas for the Boys and Girls Club
Our emphasis is not on doing a project. We make connections between what happens on Monday morning, what is said in classrooms and our ability to make other lives better.
Students at Sullins Academy learn to foster essential character traits, such as responsibility, respect, gratitude, generosity, citizenship, and compassion. Through their understanding of these traits, they come to recognize in the world around them, both locally and globally, the great need for service and charity.
Sullins students participate in a number of community service projects. Oftentimes these are projects that the students initiate on their own incentive. The school recognizes that many of our students are active in giving to the community outside of school sponsored activities and we seek to recognize those activities as well as the school sponsored opportunities.
Some service opportunities are grade level speciﬁc while others are school wide. Current projects include:
- Preschool students hold a Trike-a-Thon for St. Jude
- Preschool and Kindergarten students collect soda can tabs for Ronald McDonald House Charities
- Lower School Student Council leads a Fun Run for children ﬁghting cancer
- Lower and Middle School Student Councils sponsor food drives and coordinate projects for Haven of Rest, Children’s Advocacy Center, and animal shelters
- Middle School students serve as Book Buddies to Kindergarten children, assume the responsibilities of the Safety Patrol, and work in the Bookstore
- Seventh grade students prepare lesson plans and instruct local preschool students in Spanish
- Eight grade students help at a community soup kitchen
- All grades participate in Jump Rope for Heart, beneﬁting the American Heart Association, and Cupcakes for the Cure, beneﬁting the American Cancer Society
Social responsibility and community involvement are essential components of the educational experience at Sullins.