In keeping with Parrott Academy's philosophy, we seek to develop students who appreciate and accept the responsibilities of membership in the community and society. Learning to serve our community locally, nationally, and internationally is an integral part of education at Parrott Academy. SERV is an honor society for service that was started at Parrott Academy in 1995. This honor society is open to students in grades 9 - 12 who meet specific criteria. SERV stands for "Students Effectively Realizing their Value." A minimum of 12 hours of community service is required for induction. Students with over 100 hours are recognized as National Presidential Service Scholars and earn a national award pin.
Our students have worked locally in soup kitchens, hospitals, churches, and museums. With students from eleven counties, our SERV participants are able to touch communities all over eastern North Carolina. Student groups have traveled far and wide including Washington, DC, Ecuador, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. Our most recent trip to Ecuador afforded students the opportunity to participate in a "minga," a cooperative volunteer/community effort during which our students worked side by side with local residents on community improvement projects. The students also had an opportunity to volunteer in schools and interact with children. Participants returned to talk about life changing experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.
Students will now track their hours on our new Track It Forward site. Documentation on this can be found here.