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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:

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.
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
Special Olympics
Teen Court

Community Service News
The Out-of-Door Academy and Gocio Elementary School have enjoyed a strong partnership for over 10 years, participating in regular service projects together. Delivering Thanksgiving meals to families in need at Gocio has become an important tradition for every Out-of-Door student. This year our school community donated meals for 72 families who otherwise would not be able to host and enjoy a holiday dinner.
Every November, students on The Out-of-Door Academy's Siesta Key Campus honor their veteran family and friends at a very special assembly. On Friday, November 10th, Head of School Mr. David Mahler welcomed more than 35 special guests to this year's annual Veterans Day Event.
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