In 2019, ESA established the Center for Student Servant Leadership, an initiative led by Lori Bush, Director of Student Leadership. Mrs. Bush is focusing full-time on helping students at every level, from PK3 to 12th grade, develop leadership skills, as well as engaging students and families in meaningful community service.
Mrs. Bush is pursuing a doctorate in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education through Johns Hopkins University. Her work in creating the Center is the topic of her dissertation, and she has met with groups of faculty both for her studies and to discuss needs and ideas as she works to shape the new program. (see video below)
In the fall of 2019, the Center initiated the first monthly comunity service theme. In August, the ESA community focused on serving those who are ill. Upper school students volunteered at the Miles Perret Cancer Services’ Games of Acadiana. The Upper School Community Service Club organized a family service project for lower, middle, and upper schoolers and their families, who came together on a Sunday afternoon to craft items for chemo care packages for pediatric patients. In September, the peak of hurricane season, the focus was on disaster relief.
The Center is also expanding the leadership courses and opportunities available to ESA students. In addition, Mrs. Bush hopes the Center’s activities model how to seek ways to serve others as students develop the ethos to become active and effective citizens in our society.