Students in sixth through eighth grade can participate in a wide variety of community service activities. Through both grade-level projects and school-wide events, students become involved in activities that improve the world around them.
Sixth and seventh grade students are invited to begin exploring different service activities within small groups. Groups of two to four students visit a nonprofit agency of their choosing and perform five or more hours of service. Each student is required to submit an individual reflection paper about his or her experiences.
In eighth grade, students participate in a week of service-learning activities. As part of the program, for example, they may visit a homeless shelter to help prepare and serve meals and meet the residents. On another service outing, they may learn about and help maintain The Gibbon Conservation Center, the only institution in the world to house all four genera of gibbon, the rarest ape.
Community Service Honors Program
Students are encouraged to participate in the Community Service Honors Program, where they can earn honors designation for completing 25 hours of service or, for 50 hours of service, a Presidential Service Award. It’s a committed group — last year more than 50 students received Community Service Honors and 14 received Presidential Service Awards.