McGehee students live to serve and this commitment to service has long been part of McGehee’s identity. Beginning in Lower School, students are exposed to various community causes and drives. By Middle School our girls are immersed in a progressive service learning curriculum that engages each grade level in service projects that connect to multiple academic subjects. Upper School McGehee girls embrace a student-driven approach to community service, encouraging all grades to volunteer for group outings, clubs to consider outreach components, and students to volunteer with organizations that interest them.
For select causes, McGehee engages in school-wide service drives applicable to all three divisions. These events include assemblies, speakers, time for reflection and community learning, and collection of goods or money. Recent annual events include Thanksgiving food drives, holiday visits to children and elderly in the community, Martin Luther King, Jr. diversity celebrations, Scholarships for Ghana (BOGISS), and Breast Cancer Awareness.
McGehee’s sense of community and inclusiveness has a long and revered history. Service has been a driving force for many generations. Archival materials recall the efforts of McGehee students during World War I knitting socks and sweaters to promote the war effort. After Hurricane Katrina devastated so much of New Orleans, many of the civic leaders who served and brought national awareness to our beloved city were in fact McGehee alumnae. The need to serve and give back comes naturally at our school.