Service Initiation for the Ninth Grade (SING)

Service Initiation for Ninth Grade (SING) seeks to foster in our students a sense of community and a sense of connection to the larger city of which Lovett is a part.

Each year in the fall, approximately 150 ninth graders participate in this two-day, one-night service learning experience.

Prior to and during SING, students have time for writing about and discussing their experiences.  Their reflections are coordinated with relevant instruction in the English curriculum through reading and writing assignments designed to make the service experience more meaningful.
SING's major objectives:

  • To promote habits of service and civic involvement through meaningful, sustained, supportive interaction with other Atlantans;

  • To develop student awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the people and places that make up Atlanta;

  • To develop strong, supportive relationship among students, and to give them an opportunity to get to know fellow members of their advisory group;

  • To create a significant ritual of entry, a rite of passage into the Upper School; and

  • To offer our students an opportunity to discover that the classroom and the real world need not be mutually exclusive.

Over the years, SING has provided Lovett students an opportunity to work with numerous community organizations, such as Project Open Hand, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Atlanta Union Mission, Wonderland Gardens, Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children, Historic Oakland Cemetery, International Rescue Committee, RRISA, Trees Atlanta, 24/7 Gateway Center, Medshare International, Agape Community Center, Crossroad Community Kitchen, Piedmont Park Conservancy, Atlanta Youth Academy, and many others.

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