Middle School students work in the community throughout the school year. During the fall and spring, students choose from a portfolio of projects that range from human services to education to environmental conservation. The service program provides an opportunity for students to develop relationships in the community, address authentic needs, and engage in active social justice work. Students are invited to research, design, and propose service projects.
At the beginning of each semester rotation, students ‘kick off’ their service experience with an introduction from faculty and community partners when appropriate. The kick off provides necessary context to connect students' service work to greater societal issues. Parents, faculty, and alumni are invited to share a story of service that demonstrates the importance of civic engagement.
Faculty are invited to collaborate with the service learning coordinator to identify thematic units or projects that naturally extend to service opportunities. Connections may result in direct service, indirect service, advocacy, or research and awareness building. No matter the form, students actively participate in the process of understanding, integrating and applying knowledge of subject area(s) to address relevant community issues.