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Upper School Community Service

In an effort to revitalize active altruism, build “sweat” equity, and re-establish meaningful community service among the student body in the Upper School at Saint Andrew’s School, several elements required articulation:

1. Community Service is defined by the Upper School at Saint Andrew’s School as

an activity that raises awareness not money, engages students with active participation through the donation of time not money or resources, and affords the student with opportunities to build relationships with others on site and over time broadening and enriching the high school experience and representing the school at off campus locations.

may occur under special circumstances on school grounds, when students go above and beyond the expectations and duties held in their extra-curricular capacities and lives as Saint Andrew’s school community members.

may be considered as part of the effort to conduct a drive (for clothing, toiletries, articles such as books, school supplies, food, etc.) but delivering objects by and of themselves is not community service that is see as philanthropic donation.

2. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue a passion and/or cause throughout their high school career rather than collect hours from this or that community service event. For example, if a student enjoys marine science or zoology, there are several non-profits that work with the Florida waterways and wildlife.

However, depending on the season and year in their high school careers students may find that interests vary. In these cases, a variety of organizations needing assistance will be advertised throughout the year and sign-ups will be available for students to get involved.

A partnership with the Spirit of Giving Network was recently established in order to train and match individuals and student groups more effectively and appropriately with a range of community service options available in South Palm Beach County. While Saint Andrew’s has a rotation of yearly partners, the Spirit of Giving Network www.sognetwork.com maintains relationships with of over sixty different organizations interested in working with student-aged volunteers. This is a wonderful way for individuals to explore their options in South Palm Beach County. Volunteer Match Common application forthcoming.

3. Each grade level and student organization is required to select a community service project each year. The projects must be approved by the Community Service Coordinator and Head of the Upper School.

4. Behavior off-campus can have repercussion on a student’s on-campus relationship, reputation, and disciplinary record. While volunteering for service hours for his/her individual record, a student of Saint Andrew’s School represents the school and must develop a sense of self-responsibility and awareness during interaction with adults and children outside of the school community.

How to use Naviance to add your community service hours

 5. Officially, all community service hours must be documented two ways:

 a. electronically in the Community Service Record under the “Journal” section of the “About Me” tab on the Naviance online database system supported by the College Guidance Office. For login information, contact Ellen Prins in the Upper School.

 b. substantially on organizational letterhead stating clearly the name of the volunteer, location, duration, and explanation of the service. Submissions must be in the original, hard-copy form, but the student must keep a photocopy for personally scanning and uploading into Naviance. *These letters should be turned into the Community Service Coordinator in the office of the Director of Student Leadership and Co-Curricular Service Programming.

Students unfamiliar with Naviance must approach their grade chairs for training. Knowledge of this system is necessary by the beginning of junior year.

6. Students wishing to participate in the Florida Bright Futures and Academic Scholars Program must complete a program of community service work. For the Florida Academic Scholars Award the requirement is 100 hours; the Florida Medallion Scholars Award requirement remains 75 hours. The student to identify a social problem that interests him/her, develop a plan for his/her personal involvement in addressing the problem, and, through papers or other presentations, evaluate and reflect on his/her experience.

It remains the mission of the school to build a community of learners, to provide excellence in education and nurture each student in mind, body, and spirit. Each student stands to gain as an individual through an active engagement with the community through service learning. Such action will enrich his or her mind, body, and especially spirit. We look forward to collaborating as a community in service to something greater than ourselves for the greater good of all whom we come into contact.

If you would like further information please contact the Community Service Coordinator, Nicholas Dorn, in the Office of the Director of Student Leadership and Co-Curricular Service Programming at 561.210.2092 or nick.dorn@saintandrews.net

 


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