2. Service Learning

Service Learning

The Pre-School/Kindergarten and Elementary departments at Seigakuin Atlanta International School (SAINTS) have received support from a lot of people including Seigakuin Japan. For our 20th anniversary in 2010, we decided that SAINTS students, teachers and staff will participate in service learning projects to help people in need. We have since done over 30 projects.

Japan experienced receiving help from all over the world during the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Our goal is for SAINTS students to take notice and offer their help to people all over the world.

Seigakuin’s motto is, “Love God and Serve His People” and we would like to thank God for bringing us this far, continue praying for God's blessing and continue learning to serve people.

Raising Future Servant Leaders



While servant leadership is a timeless concept, the phrase “servant leadership” was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in The Servant as Leader, an essay that he first published in 1970. In that essay, Greenleaf said:

“The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature.

“The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served. The best test, and difficult to administer, is: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?”

A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the “top of the pyramid,” servant leadership is different. The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible.

Service Learning projects

The children will never forget the feeling of digging the soil to plant daffodils, the smell of the fresh bread while making sandwiches and cookies, or the weight of the cans for food pantry and Christmas presents.

We hope our students will remember the meaning of helping their neighbors and will continue to serve the world in the future. Thank you to everyone who has been involved, especially our parents who have gone above and beyondto set a good example about serving others.

We hope to continue service learning projects for a very long time!

*Seigakuin Atlanta International School does not discriminate on the basis of any race, sex, color, nationality, and ethnic origin.