The week of January 22, 2024 marked the inaugural AGS Service Week here at AGS. Through AGS Service Week, students, faculty, and staff had the opportunity to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of service by participating in service projects planned and organized by our student leaders and benefiting metro-Atlanta organizations.
During the two Advisory blocks this past week, all AGS students, faculty, and staff participated in service activities alongside members of their Advisory. Each activity was led by student leaders from AGS affinity groups and ranged from making sandwiches and fruit bags for the unhoused to packing school supplies with notes of kindness for students at an Atlanta-area Title 1 school. The beneficiaries of AGS Week of Service include Blessings in a Backpack, Lost-N-Found Youth, The Sandwich Project, Atlanta Mission’s My Sister’s House, and Centennial Academy.
The idea behind AGS Service Week was initially explored through the school’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee last school year. With the support and guidance of Humanities teacher and DEIB Student Life Coordinator, Ms. Cara Reese and student leaders from the school’s nine affinity groups, that idea became a reality this week.
Spending a portion of their Q1 Leadership Lab focused on the critical role affinity groups play in the broader AGS community as well as understanding the strong ties between leadership and service, affinity group leaders also used this time to plan for AGS Service Week. They spent time researching and establishing community connections that aligned with each of their respective affinity groups’ values, which eventually led to identifying the activities and beneficiaries of AGS Service Week.
“Service is the cornerstone of leadership. [It’s] an avenue of connection to your neighbors and to those you may not necessarily come in contact with everyday,” commented Ms. Reese when asked about the significance of this week.
The inaugural AGS Week of Service has not only provided an opportunity for our students to serve, along the way it’s helped strengthen students’ leadership skills and created connections to communities outside of their own.