Based on the life and lessons of St. Angela Merici, the motto of all Ursuline Schools is Serviam, Latin for “I will serve,” which has been celebrated at Ursuline in Wilmington since 1893. In our Lower School, your child takes ownership of Serviam projects and experiences firsthand the joy of giving to those in need through responsible project management.
Our Lower School Serviam Program features a series of projects that are chosen, developed, and executed by each individual grade in an assigned month, which not only empowers our students to be the change they want to see in the world but turns the project into a personal investment of service. The students at each grade level research the mission and needs of charities or organizations they can help and collectively choose, as a class, one group that particularly interests them. The class then conducts in-depth research on how they can help their chosen group and develops a plan, in conjunction with their teacher, to raise money or host a drive to the benefit of those in need. Once the plan has been executed and the goals have been met, the class presents their research, work, and results to the entire Lower School, so they can educate the whole school on the merits of their chosen organization and inspire other students to do the same. The project structure gives our students the age-appropriate parameters to truly make a difference in the community around them, which promotes a sense of empathy for others and fosters the spirit of leadership instilled in all Ursuline Students.
Over the years, our students have assisted countless charities, raised thousands of dollars to benefit local organizations, and improved the lives of those in need of a little Ursuline spirit. Whether it is writing letters to soldiers overseas, hosting fundraisers for children in Haiti, or visiting with local seniors to deliver some holiday cheer, your child learns how to lead a charitable effort, execute a plan, and deliver on the goals of the project. By giving selflessly of themselves, our students receive an increase of self-respect, self-awareness, and self-satisfaction tenfold.