Based on the life and lessons of St. Angela Merici, the motto of all Ursuline Schools is Serviam, Latin for “I will serve,” which has been celebrated at Ursuline in Wilmington since 1893. In our Middle School, you develop a greater sense of community pride and compassion by planning and executing projects with local organizations, serving those in need from infancy to adulthood. 

Our Middle School Serviam Program provides you with group and individual project opportunities in which you apply skills from our Leadership Development Curriculum and continue the long tradition of selfless service in honor of the life and work of St. Angela Merici. Due to the growing independence of students in Middle School, our program encourages student-led projects in addition to class-sponsored projects, which change annually to diversify the student experience. Our staff and faculty challenge and support you in presenting project ideas based on your personal interests and organization affiliations, which not only benefit the population you serve but also expands your classmates’ knowledge of the great variety of needs that exist in our community. Our students also frequently perform as a choral ensemble at Ingleside and deliver small gifts and cheer to the residents during the holidays. All of our service events foster a deep appreciation of the love and opportunity that exists in your life and instills a sense of social service, which ultimately becomes a part of the fabric of who you are as an Ursuline student and leader.

As a Middle School student, the service opportunities are endless and help you develop a deeper sense of social consciousness and activism, which boosts your personal self-confidence and fosters your individual leadership skills. In addition to group and class projects throughout the year, our program has individual service requirements for all Middle School students and additional hour requirements for National Junior Honor Society student members, which are determined at the beginning of each school year. Grade-level projects rotate on an annual basis in grades 6 – 8; eighth grade students also participate in an annual Serviam trip to local agencies.

Examples of past Serviam projects include:

  • A Dr. Seuss Day event hosted by National Junior Honor Society members for our Early Childhood students
  • Group trips to Ministry of Caring; Sacred Heart Village and Guardian Angel Child Care Center, St. Patrick’s Senior Center, and Exceptional Care for Children
  • Fundraising events for No Kid Hungry and the American Red Cross