Eagle Ranch Academy teaches (re-teaches) our Students 8 Core Values, with number eight being Service. We consider these 8 Core Values to be the “Content of One’s Character.”
Core Value – Service
I will give back to others because I have been given much.
Service is a way of giving of one’s self for the benefit of another. The fact is: none of us would be in successful positions today and achieve success in our lives if not for the hand up by someone else, and it is not only appropriate but also important for each of us to pass the favor on to someone.
At Eagle Ranch Academy, we teach our students the importance of giving oneself for the benefit of others in a very positive and appropriate way. This Core Value students must work through and demonstrate they have internalized this Core Value.
Providing them with opportunities to hear stories from special guests at Eagle Ranch to help inspire their own story and realize how they have much to be thankful for and encourage them to be of Service to others.
We tell them the Story of Eagle Ranch, and the inspiration behind the founding of such a unique Youth Development School. Then emphasizing how their parents and Eagle Ranch have provided this hand up to begin a successful life.
The Eagle Ranch Journey
During their journey at Eagle Ranch, we give them opportunities to participate in numerous service projects. As their final step at ERA, they decide on, design, and execute their service project. It is always special to see the creativity and care they provide their hand up to someone else. We are honored, and their acts of kindness inspire their classmates.
Webster’s New World Dictionary says, “Work done for others; helpful or friendly action; an act of giving assistance or advantage to another.”
The Free Dictionary says, “Work done by one person or group that benefits another.”
Positive Parenting Tips & Reminders
As parents, we should encourage our children to recognize the Service provided by others with appreciation and respect, and to give Service to others whenever possible. An excellent way to provide a hand up is to arrange for family Service Projects and/or participate in community, church, school groups in Service activities.
You are the Expert on Your Child
Are you perfect? No. Do you make mistakes? Yes. Can you learn something today that will help you be a more effective parent? Absolutely!
Hold them close, but don’t smother them. Love them, but don’t enable them. And, keep it simple with the basic, but sound rules that you enforce consistently. Take care, and use “Positive Parenting!”