Canterbury believes strongly that our students should have an awareness of the importance of committing themselves to returning the good fortune in their lives to those in need. We seek to instill a sense of responsibility for and dedication to a lifetime of volunteer service. While we have occasional collections throughout the year to financially support chosen organizations, our focus is on student participation in service work. We believe the actual experience to be more meaningful and likely to encourage lifetime values. Community service is not a requirement at Canterbury, but the majority of students choose to participate every year. Our faculty members are also active volunteers and enjoy working alongside the students.
The spirit of active engagement in service is alive on campus throughout the year. Students mentor at local schools, visit elders in a nearby nursing home, and rake leaves on the town green as well as becoming involved in the many opportunities listed. Canterbury’s clubs, organizations, and athletic teams support our various causes and add new ones. An end-of-the year tag sale culminates a year of hard work and raises money for the different organizations we support.
I've been going to the nursing home every Monday as community service. We chat with the people there, and sometimes I play piano for them. We also did a fashion show. I never got to do this kind of thing in Korea. --Eun Bin, Korea