As an independent Catholic school in the Holy Cross tradition, Gilmour Academy is committed to creating a coeducational learning environment supported by faith formation. Students from the Montessori preschool through graduating seniors are active participants in serving the community through a wide variety of optional extracurricular activities as well as the St. Andre Bessette Christian Service Program, which requires 60 hours of service before graduation.
Additionally, juniors spend one semester researching a social justice issue that affects the Greater Cleveland community. Now in its 10th year, the Praxis program requires students to identify a problem that interests them, develop potential means to address it and actively work to solve it in a way that preserves the dignity of all.
Gilmour’s service requirements emphasize the principles of both solidarity and subsidiarity, which creates more lasting impact by directly alleviating a problem as well as empowering those in need to lift themselves up.
Gilmour students work to serve others according to the Catholic Corporal Works of Mercy, which mandate:
Ministry to the Elderly, Hungry, Sick, Poor, Marginalized and Suffering (Montessori-grade 6):Each year, boys and girls at Gilmour work on service learning projects as part of the Humanities curriculum. These activities provide a means for young people to learn and develop through active participation in organized service experiences and are designed to encourage social responsibility, to increase social awareness, to build self-esteem and to encourage friendships and relationships.
Brother André Service Council (Grade 6): Students who wish to become more involved in service opportunities that Gilmour provides also have the opportunity to join the Brother André Service Council, which allows its members to take a more active leadership role in all aspects of a service project, from identifying the needs of our community to organizing projects.
Ministry to the Hungry (Grade 9): Freshmen are required to help at the Cleveland Foodbank plus one agency that the food bank serves. Transportation and supervision are provided by Gilmour Academy.
Ministry to the Poor, Marginalized and Suffering (Grades 10-12): Each student is required to perform Christian service at an approved service agency. It is recommended that students complete 20 hours each year.
Program Completion (Grade 12): Seniors must have accumulated 60 hours of required service throughout their Upper School experience. These experiences are then articulated through a required reflection paper.
To transform students into a zealous community of men and women who embody Gospel values and live the Holy Cross charisms.
To increase students’ awareness of the suffering and marginalized members of our community, and to encourage them to make the option for the poor a personalized priority.
To offer students the opportunity to extend beyond their comfort zone by serving others, especially those of obvious need.
To expand the students’ conscious awareness that they are called to utilize their gifts and talents in service to humanity.
To enable students to realize that faith must inform their actions and be woven throughout their lives.
~ Blessed Father Basil Moreau
“If I come out of myself to do a little good, at that very moment I experience that I can do nothing alone.”
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