5/30/18—To commemorate its 15th anniversary, The Girls’ School of Austin (GSA) launched a “15 Years 15 Hours” challenge to its students, faculty, and staff. The goal was for each student to volunteer 15 hours over the course of the school year.
The girls started off strong with various Hurricane Harvey relief efforts that included fundraising, hosting diaper drives, and putting together care packages. They also ended strong by giving of their time throughout the year to organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House, Urban Roots, Austin Pets Alive, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Girls Giving Grants, and more. Some students even created their own community service projects.
Students were recognized in school-wide community meetings throughout the year as they reached five, ten, and 15 hours of service. Once individual students reached the 15-hour goal, they received a Community Service Award. All 150 girls participated in the community service challenge with 66 girls reaching the goal of 15 hours before the end of the school year.
“It was quite incredible to see the girls step into this challenge without hesitation,” shared GSA’s Service Learning Coordinator, Shanna Prewitt-Hines. “To see every single girl, from the youngest to the oldest, engage in work around the community to make Austin an even better place was awe-inspiring. These girls are amazing, and the future certainly looks bright with these girls at the helm.”