Get Involved

  • Why Should Community Members Be Interested and Involved in the WGHS Chelsea Center?
    Webster Groves is a lively, progressive community with a vibrant school district and a positive sense of its heritage and its values. One important community value is education, as evidenced by voter support, even in difficult financial times, for school bond and tax issues over the past 25 years.

    The Chelsea Center intends to help make Webster Groves a Learning Community in the true sense of the term. Specifically, we will focus on helping community members learn from and share their experiences in the following ways:

    1. By encouraging local businesses, city government and not-for-profit organizations to provide WGHS students with internships, service opportunities, part-time job opportunities and other real world experiences. The Center will work with such organizations to maximize the value of the experiences provided by helping students understand how to be effective workers/employees and helping employers to secure useful output from the students’ work.
    2. By fostering the idea of Life Long Learning among all members of the Webster Groves Community. Older citizens have a wealth of experiences acquired over a lifetime. The Chelsea Center will develop projects to capitalize on this wealth of collective experience in support of all students in the district.

    How Can Community Members or Organizations be Involved?
    There are many ways community members can get involved with the Chelsea Center.  These are just a few:
    Student Shadowing

    Would you allow a student to shadow you for a day at work? Shadowing is an excellent way for students to get an idea of whether they want to look further into a certain type of career.  Screened WGHS students will be placed with willing community partners on mutually convenient pre-scheduled days. No special training - just be willing to share your expertise and your day with your shadowing student.

    Sponsor Service Projects
    Does your organization need assistance that our students could provide? All you need to do is ask! We are willing to discuss any type of project with you. We have a Sophomore Service Learning Day in April each year and are always looking for organizations who could use an entire day of help from 10 - 20 students.  We can provide students for special community events. We have provided volunteers for the Jim Schmoehl Annual 5K Run, the Annual Art and Air Festival, the Hixson Holiday House Tour, and more.

    For more information on getting involved:

    Contact Dr. Kerry Arens at or call 314-918-4181.