On Sunday, at the end of National Volunteer Week, as I was preparing to write my blog expressing my thanks to our vast number of St. Clement’s volunteers, I came across a tweet by Seth Godin. Godin reminds us that volunteering is not just about putting up one’s hand, but, rather, showing up with enthusiasm each and every time.
Beyond ensuring that our girls are challenged with an exceptional academic and co-curricular experience, we believe it’s vital that they also leave us knowing the importance of committing and contributing enthusiastically to all in which they choose to engage. This can be taught over time with reminders of expectations peppered along the way; however, for our girls, witnessing their role models’ commitments and contributions around them is equally influential.
In our small community, our older girls model volunteering for our younger students. Furthermore, our parents, alumnae and friends of the School assist with and support multiple activities and events. Thus, girls see- first-hand- the importance of ‘showing up.’
On behalf of our students and staff at St. Clement’s, I thank all of our volunteers who, beyond simply raising their hands, are showing up all the time. For, in addition to contributing significantly to our programs, activities and events, you are our partners in teaching our girls that it is the commitment that counts.