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Service Learning occurs in all divisions of the school and is important in reinforcing the values of responsible citizenship, justice, diversity and empowerment which are central to our philosophy.
At the Lower School, the idea and action of service learning is integrated into the daily curriculum. They also participate as a school in larger events such as the American Heart Association’s “Jump Rope for Heart” event which educates children to lead active, healthy lives and raises funds for the Association.There are also larger units of study that incorporate a service learning component. Stage III students participate in an annual project called “The Rethought Things Store”. This unit of study involves the children in all aspects of the planning and execution that goes into creating the store which sells the items they create from recycled materials. The 2015 store raised $4,000 which was donated to the Humane Society who did a video about the kids' work. In Stage IV, a recurring service project is participation in the biennial International Empty Bowls project. Students involve the community in creating ceramic bowls which are then sold at an Ice Cream Social. Last year, the learning unit that accompanied this work focused on the issue of food justice in today’s world. Roeper’s 2014 event raised $2,105.31 for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.
Students in the Middle and Upper schools have many opportunities to engage in school sponsored service learning projects. Yearly, a Community Service Day is planned in which homerooms are involved in an all day service activity. On an alternate year schedule, Earth Day and Diversity Day are celebrated. Earth Day involves the whole community in learning about the many ways the earth’s resources can be sustained along with hands on projects. On Diversity Day there is experiential programming to raise awareness of the many facets and benefits of Diversity. Most homerooms take on at least one additional student planned service project during the year. Students are also encouraged and supported in following through with service projects which are important to them.Roeper has recently partnered with Student Shoulder to Shoulder, an organization that plans and supports service oriented summer experiences for high school students. Roeper students and faculty have gone to Tibet to help promote sustainable development, to New Orleans to help restore wetland,s and to Detroit to improve and revitalize the heart of the city.Here is a description of some projects undertaken by our students: PROJECTS