Our Middle School Service Learning program helps students foster a sense of responsibility to our community. We engage in service and reflection that instill the value of providing time, effort, and resources to others in pursuit of a more just society. Service Learning strengthens our Middle School community, enriches classroom learning, and empowers our students to be thoughtful and effective agents of change.
Service Learning is integrated into the Middle School Advisory program and allows students to participate in community initiatives at various levels through philanthropy, advocacy, and direct service. Each advisory participates in at least two off-campus community engagement experiences during the school year. Through pre- and post-service advisory discussions, our students are pushed to define what it means to be active and engaged citizens by reflecting on values of stewardship, social responsibility, and leadership.
Our Middle School students explore the concepts of community building and responsible citizenship in many ways. Examples include: serving meals to community members in an adult day service program, learning about issues of global inequality through the Oxfam America Hunger Banquet, volunteering at community gardens, organizing a book drive and reading books with children from a local school, investigating the connection between science and community by visiting an urban agriculture center, cleaning and preparing a summer camp for people with disabilities, and packaging newborn supply kits for new mothers.