We believe a strong and compelling case exists for the effectiveness of civic engagement as a student success strategy. Therefore we strive to organize multiple opportunities for engagement over the course of a school year and in the summer. To do so, we foster strong partnerships between school, family, and the community. Through these partnerships, we create a nurturing environment for each student. Ultimately we believe that each student receives the five fundamental sources deemed necessary for healthy child development including a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult, a safe place to learn and grow, a healthy start, a marketable skill through effective education and a chance to give back to peers and the community.
Active in the city of Camden, we employ an ongoing social justice curriculum. Working with community partners, our students provide over 15,000 hours of annual community service, in keeping to our commitment to change the world. For a few examples, keep scrolling down.
Camden Academy seniors volunteer at several locations during the school and summer. One such location is Restore, Habitat for Humanity (HFH), an organization that seeks to transform lives through decent and affordable home ownership. Restore acts as the biggest fundraiser for the HFH affordable home ownership program. In the photo, students are organizing and sorting rugs in order to make room for the next shipment. This is crucial as the more rugs sold, the more families served. It is estimated that the value of a volunteer is about $25.43 per hour. This number alone demonstrates just how valuable Restore volunteers are to HFH. We are so grateful to be able to partner HFH Restore.
Camden's Promise has supported the Kroc Center's Angel Tree program for several years. This year, once again, our middle school Beta students collected and delivered hundreds of toys donated by our school district to the Kroc Center. These 'Angel' donations give joy to Camden children and their families during the holiday season.
Each year, our school system hosts a Harvest Food Drive during the month of November. This year, Camden's Pride K-1 won a pizza party for collecting the most cans of food during the food drive. In addition to making a donation, upper classroom collected the food and delivered it to St. Joseph's Pro Cathedral in Camden for their annual feed the hungry campaign.