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Service Learning in Action: 6 Ways St. Andrew’s Students are Making a Difference in Their Community

All St. Andrew’s students in grades 9 to 12 are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of community service prior to graduation. But community service at St. Andrew’s goes far beyond an hourly requirement. Rooted in the Chapin Tradition, service imbues our curriculum, invigorates our faculty, and challenges our students to go confidently and courageously forward as agents of change. A new Community Service Committee at St. Andrew’s works to align service efforts across student groups to develop meaningful opportunities for students to give back to their communities and world. Below are some of the ways St. Andrew’s students are making a difference this year:
1. Collecting items for those in need

The National Honor Society, Chapin List students, the Women’s Rights Club, and the Middle School have sponsored multiple drives on campus to collect food, clothing items, toiletries, and feminine care products to help the homeless and less fortunate through organizations such as Crossroads Rhode Island. Middle School students have even put together a drive to collect gently used board games to distribute to shelters after hearing about the need for activities at homeless shelters from a recent guest speaker.
 
2. Feeding the hungry

Several times per month, St. Andrew’s students sign up to spend part of their weekend making lunches for the homeless with Just One Lunch and serving meals at a soup kitchen. Middle School students even cook a meal of chili and cornbread and help deliver it to homeless individuals with Mobile Loaves & Fishes. Middle School students in the new service learning class also regularly help stock shelves at TAPIN.
 
3. Caring for our environment

Every year, St. Andrew’s students register to be a part of the International Coastal Clean Up, joining with nearly 800,000 volunteers globally to remove trash from our coastline. The Eco Saints Club and biology classes work diligently to remove invasive species from our campus, compost food waste, and support St. Andrew’s School’s recycling efforts.
 
4. Building homes for low-income families

This year, St. Andrew’s students partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help build affordable homes for low-income families in Rhode Island. Students have participated in several weekend building projects and are excited to spend part of their March break building homes in New Jersey.
 
5. Running blood drives

Three times per year, St. Andrew’s students, faculty, staff, parents, and the community come together for blood drives on campus. Last year, St. Andrew’s placed second in the Rhode Island Blood Center High School Hero Challenge in the small school category. The Challenge encourages high school students to become life-long blood donors.
 
6. Creating a welcoming school community for all St. Andrew’s students

Student leadership groups work throughout the year to make all St. Andrew’s students feel welcome on campus. Most recently, the National Honor Society (NHS) has started the Middle School Buddies program to help Middle School students feel a part of the larger school community and build a bridge of friendship between the Middle and Upper Schools. Two Fridays a month, NHS students join Middle School students to share an interest or activity and provide tutoring. The first Middle School Buddies meeting was a huge success as Upper School and Middle School students came together to play video games. Future activities include a chance to fly a drone with the Drone Club and ping pong tournaments in the student center
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Rhode Island’s perspective and possibility widening boarding and day school, grades 6-12 and postgraduate