Leadership and service opportunities exist for students in all grade levels. These opportunities hone leadership skills, encourage compassion, and instill a sense of responsibility.
In the Lower School, the Caring Kids Club meets to inspire and engage students in service learning opportunities. Each grade level also works with a specific community service program throughout the year. Opportunities such as safety patrol, litter control, packing boxes at the food bank, organizing holiday bags for homeless shelters, writing cards for our troops, and delivering Thanksgiving baskets to families in need are just some of the projects that Lower Schoolers are busy helping with.
The dual themes of the Middle School community service program are “Kids Helping Kids” and “Kids Helping the Community”. Service activities include fundraisers, awareness-raisers, and providing direct service to those in need. The Out-of-Door Academy has worked with All Faiths Food Bank, Booker Elementary School, Gocio Elementary School, Haiti GOALS, Heifer International, Relay for Life, and ShelterBox, along with other organizations. Out-of-Door also encourages students to lead service projects of personal interest and concern, such as the student-led presentation that raised awareness and funds to combat Epidermolysis Bullosa.
Service is one of The Out-of-Door Academy’s five core values. By promoting students to connect with people outside their immediate world, we strive to influence them to become positive leaders of their generation. We explore the concepts of community service and service learning by providing students with a plethora of internal and external opportunities. Service opportunities include everything from activist walks and volunteering at an animal shelter, to working on a grade level service learning project involving local and international charities. Students at Out-of-Door will experience what it means to provide service to others and to communities.