At ULS, service is a key component of our school culture. Service work is integrated within the curriculum as well as in extracurricular activities in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools.
Even our youngest students experience the satisfaction of giving back to our community. They are often the biggest supporters of school-wide service projects.
The Lower School participates in an extensive service effort annually in which the students bake and sell pumpkin pies prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. They then use the funds to support the Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County to buy toys and meals for families in need.
At the Middle School level, service work is part of the science curriculum in which students in 5th and 6th grades engage on the Oconomowoc River restoration project. In addition, one of the main components of the Middle School student government is to participate in service activities. Past service projects have included making blankets for residents at the Hartland Place Senior Living Center, collecting supplies for babies in need and collecting food for local food pantries.
In the Upper School, service projects are predominantly organized through the Rotary Interact Club. Interact is a club for young people, ages 12-18, who join together to tackle issues in their community. There are two major service initiatives each year: one geared toward helping the school community and one geared toward the community-at-large. The ULS Interact group organizes an annual blood drive fundraiser and recently volunteered for the charity “Blessings in a Backpack," an organization that makes sure children in poverty don’t go hungry over the weekend and summer when they do not have access to government provided hot lunch.