At GPS, community service goes beyond volunteering—it is about creating positive change through connection with our community. Although a specific amount of service hours are not a graduation requirement, serving others is at the core of the culture and values of GPS. The Partnerships in the Community Council is made up of elected members of the student body who are committed to building bridges and connecting our students with organizations in the Chattanooga community.
Over the past few years, GPS has worked closely with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga, the Chattanooga Marathon and Ironman organizations, the Humane Educational Society (HES), Orange Grove Center, and the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, among many others. Providing such diverse volunteer opportunities such as building homes, tutoring at community centers, and making healthy treats for shelter animals allows GPS students to make connections between the content they learn in the classroom and the constantly changing needs within the Chattanooga area.
In the last two years alone, GPS students have dedicated a combined total of more than 7,000 hours to serving our community—not because they have to, but because they choose to. They continue to discover their hearts to serve, answer the call to lead, and exercise a commitment to improving our larger community.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” -Anne Frank