(photo of Jeannine Wright and graduating class of 2022)
"Engaging students at every grade level is something that changes their lives dramatically", says Vanessa Puleo, Founder and Executive Director with led2serve. "When a student serves on their class trip in the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grades...something eventually clicks. They begin to see life, serving, fun and community blend as one. They want to incorporate a piece of serving into every place they go".
"Six years ago we sat around a table, and cast the vision of finding a school to partner with where each class trip would become a meaningful experience with the inclusion of service projects. We pictured them leaving their campus and making a difference in the lives of others while enjoying what would have been a more traditional class trip. Incorporating the fun of the trip with the serice component locally". This statement from Vanessa has come to life this fall as 239 students and faculty departed the campus of a Florida based independent school this past week. All Saints' Academy is a Florida based independent school who takes the term "creating global citizens" to a new level. Each year, starting from grade 7, they incorporate service into their curriculum.