Care and compassion beyond campus.
Lux et Veritas, or Light and Truth, is a guiding principle of WRA. For hundreds of years, the phrase has inspired Pioneers to live with courage and honesty because the words remind us there's a purpose bigger than ourselves.
In this spirit, Reserve's social mission comes to life. We serve communities, both neighboring and far, to better understand and know the world around us. By providing our students with every chance to lend a hand to others, we strengthen their resolve to make a difference.
Because of my service, I am more aware of how a lot of people in the world lack access to medical supplies — simple things we can get so easily, but ones that could possibly save a life.
- Margaret '19 | Woodinville, WA
Community Outreach and Global Engagement
The Department of Community Outreach and Global Engagement advances the school's values of excellence, integrity and compassion by providing educational and civic engagement opportunities in both our local and global communities.
Our focus is on embedding the value of community outreach into student lifestyles. This means encouraging students to find opportunities to work with organizations that fit with their personal values to gain a better understanding of why we serve.
The program will take place chiefly during Saturday Class Seminars. Freshmen will have four service days, sophomores and juniors will have two and seniors will have one service day.
Society of Service
The Society of Service is part of interact, the Rotary Club of Hudson, and is an opportunity for students to showcase their leadership and passion for service. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to join the Society and become advocates and leaders for service efforts.
I've learned how helpful something as small as a letter can be. I can write to cancer survivors and others more often.
- Kayla '18 | Peninsula, OH
Service Travel Opportunities
Our outreach trips provide students with the opportunity to engage in meaningful service in the context of cultural immersion. Students gain a global perspective as they witness the challenges facing the communities they serve.
While encountering another culture, students grapple with global complexities and their local implications: economic realities, social inequality and far-reaching ecological consequences.
Our service travel opportunities include:
The trip to Pine Ridge Reservation is a life-changing experience. WRA partners with RE-MEMBER, a non-profit organization that operates on the Reservation, to provide a service-learning experience that gives students the chance to work with the Oglala Lakota community and immerse themselves in the Lakota culture.
Students engage in service work to improve the quality of life for those who live on the Pine Ridge Reservation and learn about the culture of the Lakota people through service projects, visiting important cultural sites and speaking with members of the community.
Jump the World is a one-to-one exchange program between students from Western Reserve Academy and students in Guatemala. In the summer students from WRA are traveling to Guatemala, where they will live in a homestay, attend classes and become part of a local school community. The trip begins with a week-long community service project. For the next three weeks, students will attend schools alongside their counterpart (brother or sister) in their host families. In the final week, students will have a school vacation and will travel with their host families.
It was an enriching, rewarding and moving experience. It is vital that as many people as possible are aware that, yes, people live like this in America, and it is up to us to do something about it. I wish I could've stayed more because of all the work left to be done to improve the Rez conditions so its people may thrive.