Saint Anselm College

Student volunteers from Saint Anselm College provide energy and dedication to our nurturing community at Saint Benedict Academy in a variety of capacities.

Saint Anselm Nursing Student Warren talks about germs with Kindergarten students as part of his clinical rotation.
Saint Anselm Nursing Student Warren talks about germs with Kindergarten students as part of his clinical rotation.

Saint Anselm College students utilize Saint Benedict Academy as a service-learning site for the community engagement component of their coursework in Education, Graphic Design, Nursing, Photography, Psychology, Sociology, Theology, and Visual Art. Still other student volunteers share their time by assisting at our Afterschool Program and our extracurricular athletics and enrichment programs.

In the fall semester of 2014, two Saint Anselm students completed a service learning project at SBA for their Liberation Theology Class. To read more about that project, click here. This spring, we had several Education students complete observation hours and one who had an internship in Grades 2 and Kindergarten.

IMAG0868Saint Anselm students interested in volunteering during the school day or as part of our Afterschool Program should contact Dan Whalen, Saint Anselm College Class of 2017, the Site Placement Coordinator for Saint Benedict Academy.

The Institute of Art & Design At New England College

Teacher candidates from NEC provide contextual experiences in visual art for the students at Saint Benedict Academy and collaborate with our classroom teachers.

NEC students engage in their first early fieldwork interactions in the Saint Benedict Academy classrooms as they teach visual art lessons once a week in the fall semester. NHIA has designed a comprehensive art curriculum for our school with opportunities for the students to build upon prior knowledge, experimentation and refined work in order to provide experiences in areas such as: drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and mixed media. Our students will build verbal and written skills with regard to art content as they prepare for their school-wide art exhibition.

In addition, NEC teacher candidates complete service learning and grow in their understanding of the students while they assist the classroom teachers in a variety of tasks outside of the art sessions.

The teacher candidates present themselves as ‘visiting artists’ as they share their own professional practice as a designer, painter, potter, photographer, etc. The students at Saint Benedict Academy will interact with these artist-educators to learn what professional artists do for a living.

This partnership has been designed in close cooperation with Principal Houle whose enthusiastic support is vital to its success.