2016-2017
  
Student “Service Above Self” Project
 
HIGH SCHOOL DETAILS
2016-2017
  
REQUIRED APPLICATION PART 1 - Due Jan. 11, 2017
If you've read the application instructions and are ready to submit,
or if you want to preview Application Part 1, click here: 
 
REQUIRED APPLICATION PART 2 - Due April 12, 2017
If you've read the application instructions and are ready to submit,
 or if you want to preview Application Part 2, click here:
 
If you have questions about submitting these Applications, contact: Rick Studer, Coordinator, Student “Service Above Self” Project, rickstuder@columbusrotary.org 614-915-8149
 
 
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS INFORMATION
Through participation in this Project, countless Columbus high school students have experienced the value of service for others and themselves. The goal is for them to carry this value forward throughout their lives. In addition, service/project-based activities enhance engagement in their academic work.
 
Community service projects are conducted:
  • By an individual student or a group of students.
  • As an “independent” project or in conjunction with a classroom activity.
  • Always under the overall guidance by a teacher, club advisor, other faculty member or a Career & Community Resource Coordinator (CCRC).
  • By the students alone or in cooperation with one or more community organizations.
  • With a focus on issues that impact their schools, communities and even other countries.
  • In a way that brings the students in direct or indirect contact with people served by the project when possible. 
 
Review/Reinforcement/Selection Process:
In April/May 2017, teams of Rotarians will visit every high school to hear project presentations by each student team. After reviewing and reinforcing each project with the students, the Rotarian team meets to select one project for additional recognition. The goal is that all projects presented to the Rotarian teams are selected to participate in the Fair.
 
 
Desired community service project qualities include:
  • Degree, type and quality of student involvement in the project: selection, planning, implementing, measuring impact.
  • Relevance, breadth and depth of the needs addressed by the project: seriousness of the needs relevant to the people or group(s) served by the project.
  • Partnerships: degree to which the potential for partnering with other organizations was explored and developed, effectiveness of the partnership.
  • Impact: immediate and potential continuing impact of the project on the target audience(s), feelings-based personal impact on the participating students, breadth and depth of enhanced student knowledge and skills resulting from project participation
  • Presentation Quality: personal presentation skills – informed, engaging, focused, prepared.
  • Project display board and supporting materials: informative, visual quality.
  • Project Applications 1&2: responsive, thorough, informative, degree of student involvement in completing the Applications.
CLICK HERE to see the 2016 High School Fair Program with descriptions of the 2015-2016 community service projects.
 
 
 
HIGH SCHOOL TIMELINE 
 
September/October 2016: Launch student community service projects. Some continue from the previous year. Others are new.
 
September/October 2016 – Spring 2017: Community service projects are implemented with ongoing support from the CCRCs, school faculty, Project Coordinator and partnering community organizations.
 
January 11, 2017: Final day to submit High School Project Application Part 1.
 
April, 2017: Students wrap up their projects, finalize project display boards, complete Student Project Application Part 2 and prepare for presenting projects during the Review/Reinforcement/Selection process. (FYI - Spring Break April 14-23)
 
April 12, 2017: Final day to submit High School Student Project Application Part 2.
 
April 25-May 4, 2017: Review/Reinforcement/Selection process. 
 
May 8, 2016: High School "Service Above Self" Fair at the Valley Dale Ballroom. All CCS high school community service projects are displayed by student teams including three selected middle school projects. 11:00-noon: Rotarians and guests view project displays. Noon-1:15: Recognition luncheon for CCS students, faculty, guests, Rotarians and other community leaders.
  
REQUIRED STUDENT PROJECT APPLICATION PART 1 – THE PROJECT PREVIEW
 
Instructions
We encourage one or several students to complete this application with a review by the project advisor before submission. Use this submission as one of many ways to practice business-like thinking and writing skills.
 
  • Student Project Application Part 1 must be submitted online by 3 PM, January 11, 2017. Answer the questions with sufficient information for the Coordinator and Rotary Reviewers to understand your project at this stage in its operations. This information may also result in the Coordinator or others suggesting resources that could be useful for the project.
  • In preparing Student Project Application Part 1, check out the information about Application Part 2 so you can see what you will need to complete by April 12, 2017.
  • You will distribute copies of your Project Application Part 1 to the Rotary Review team members who visit your school and to anyone who asks for one while you are displaying your project at the Fair.
  • You may include materials to support your Application Part 1. Examples include: photos and videos of the project in action, descriptions of the group(s) served, testimonial letters. (Submit these materials to the Project Coordinator. Provide the materials via email or in a folder sufficient for keeping them safe and so that materials can be returned to you.)
 
NOTE: immediately upon submitting Application Part 1, the submitter and the Project Coordinator will receive emails with a copy of the completed Application. Please keep this for future reference.
 
Application Part 1- Project Preview - questions:
  1. School name.
  2. Project name.
  3. Type of project. Select one or more of these descriptions: (a) Individual; (b) Group; (c) Related to a specific high school course or curriculum area; (d) Associated with a student organization; (e) Conducted solely by students; (f) Conducted by students in cooperation with one or more non-school organization.
  4. Name, title, phone and email of the project advisor/contact person. Name, title, phone, email of teacher(s) whose course(s) or curriculum is connected to the project - if any.
  5. Name of the student organization(s) associated with the project and contact person (if any).
  6. Name and contact information of community partner(s) associated with the project (if any).
  7. Names and grade levels of the student leaders of the project and their main responsibilities. 
  8. What issue/problem/need are you addressing?
  9. Project goals.
  10. Key activities you designed and are implementing to achieve the goals.
 
REQUIRED STUDENT PROJECT APPLICATION PART 2 – THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
 
Instructions
We encourage one or several students to complete this application with a review by the project advisor before submission. Use this submission as one of many ways to practice business-like thinking and writing skills.
 
By the time you get to this point you have done lots of work to meet your goals, served a worthy cause or causes, learned valuable lessons, and created memories that will last a lifetime. You should be proud of your efforts.
 
  • Student Project Application Part 2 – The Executive Summary – must be submitted online by 3 PM, April 12, 2017.
  • The Executive Summary is a professional way to provide essential information to everyone interested in your project. You will have copies of your Executive Summary available for Rotarians and others while you are displaying your project at the Middle School Fair. 
  • Because this is a summary, you will have a limited number of words to use in describing your project. It is a valuable skill to concisely communicate important/essential information. Practice that skill here.
  • You may include materials to support your Application Part 2. Examples include: photos and videos of the project in action, descriptions of the group(s) served, testimonial letters. (Submit these materials to the Project Coordinator. Provide the materials via email or in a folder sufficient for keeping them safe and so that materials can be returned to you.)
 
NOTE: immediately upon submitting Application Part 2, the submitter and the Project Coordinator will receive emails with a copy of the completed Application. Please keep this for future reference.
 
Application Part 2 - Project Executive Summary – questions:
 
Project Review
  1. School name.
  2. Project name.
  3. Project supervisor’s name, position, email address.
  4. Approximately how many students participated in this project?
  5. Approximate number of hours devoted to the project.
 
Project Reflection & Evaluation
  1. What was the impact/effectiveness of your project? How do you know you achieved this?
  2. What were the biggest challenges you faced?
  3. What went well in your project?
  4. What would you have done differently, if anything?
  5. What did you learn from your project?
  6. What made your project personally meaningful to your team members? 
  7. Would you recommend your project to other students?  Why or why not?
  8. Final, summary comments. (Not required.)
 
Click here to open and  submit Application Part 1: Due Jan. 11, 2017
 
Click here to open and submit the Application Part 2: Due April 12, 2017
 
If you have questions about submitting these Applications, contact: Rick Studer, Coordinator
Student “Service Above Self” Project rickstuder@columbusrotary.org 614-915-8149