Hampden Christian School is passionate about growing students who love God and grow into people of character who want to serve their neighbors and build their communities. Becoming a person who loves to serve happens through being around people who serve and through practicing serving. HCS is an environment of loving service, where teachers take out the trash for each other, cover breaks, deliver coffee, and otherwise look out for each other. This is an environment where your student can learn to serve by learning from adults who serve.
Students get their own practice serving with regular service-learning projects. These projects have included planting, weeding, mulching, passing out community newsletters, writing thank-yous to community helpers like the garbage collectors, visiting the fire station with goodies, passing out cookies to the neighboring high school students, picking up trash in Roosevelt Park, harvesting produce at First Fruit Farms, packaging diapers at Share Baby, taking food to the local food pantry, and packing shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.
Field trips add so much to a student’s school experience. Thinking back to our own experiences in school, field trips likely stand out as our most memorable times. There is where we made connections, socialized with friends, were creative in making the most of long bus rides, and in general had a good time learning outside of the school walls.
On field trips, students can make connections between what they are learning at school and the “real world.” They see more clearly that what they learn in the classroom can have a direct impact on real-world situations—their learning matters. They can access tools and environments that are not available at school. Baltimore and surrounding areas provide a rich learning laboratory. Many historical, scientific, cultural, and natural delights are within easy reach of our school, and we are happy to soak them in with our students.
At Hampden Christian School takes at least four major field trips per year in K-8. One field trip is done with whole school and rotates between Port Discover, the Maryland Zoo, and Lake Roland. Another field trip is dedicated to nature, another is dedicated to the arts, and the fourth is open for other possibilities.