Hillcrest Family Groups
The Spirit of Community As part of the HCS chapel program, “Family Groups” gives students a unique opportunity to meet several times each year in groups that include students from various grade levels in kindergarten through grade twelve accompanied by two staff members. The groups, each named after a different animal, meet periodically for a special chapel where they sit together with their group as Bears, Dogs, or Butterflies, etc., dress alike, and bond as a school family.
After a brief chapel presentation, the groups disperse each to a specific location where they meet and discuss the chapel topic and get to know each other better. Throughout the school year, the groups also plan a year-end service project that reaches out to assist those in our local community at rest homes and food banks as well as to send care packages to troops and orphans around the world.
Benefits of the program include serving others and building relationships between younger and older students. Students remain in the same group from year to year, with new students added to the existing groups each year.
One year after its inception, HCS received an Exemplary Program Award from ACSI for its Family Groups chapel program. Family Groups allow students to experience and practice community and help them reach beyond their peer group to connect with others within the Hillcrest family.
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