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Community Service

Leadership and service opportunities exist for students in all grade levels. These opportunities hone leadership skills, encourage compassion, and instill a sense of responsibility.

Lower School

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.  

Middle School

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.

Upper School

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. 


 

Our students have been involved with the following organizations, as well as many others:

AIDS Walk
All Children's Hospital
All Faiths Food Bank
American Cancer Society
Assisted Living facilities
Backpack Program
Blood Drives
Boys and Girls Clubs
Braden Library
Circus Sarasota
Fruitville Library
Girls, Inc.
GWiz
Habitat for Humanity
Heart Walk
Humane Society
Jewish Housing Council Foundation
Juvenile Diabetes
Lakewood Ranch Medical Center
Make a Wish
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Manasota Buds - Buddy Walk
Relay for Life
Sarasota Memorial Hospital
Selby Library
Spanish Pointe
SPARCC
Special Olympics
Teen Court
YMCA

Community Service News
Congratulations to Ashley DeBartolo, '18 for organizing the third annual hair donation event at ODA. A record 220 inches of hair from the ODA community was donated to Children With Hair Loss (CWHL), an organization that provides hair to children suffering from cancer and Alopecia.
All Faiths Food Bank has found its success through partnering with hundreds of organizations throughout the Sarasota and Desoto community. One such partnership is with The Out-of-Door Academy, where each year the entire school contributes to a peanut butter and jelly food drive on behalf of All Faiths Food Bank.
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