2016-2017

 

Student “Service Above Self” Project
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL DETAILS
2016-2017
 
REQUIRED APPLICATION PART 1 - Due December 15, 2016
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 March 9, 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 middle 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.
 
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, or other faculty member.
  • 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. 
 
Desired 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, student involvement in completing the Applications.
 
CLICK HERE to see the 2016 Middle School Fair Program with descriptions of the 2015-2016 community service projects.

MIDDLE SCHOOL TIMELINE 
 
September-October 2016: School administrators kick-off the Student “Service Above Self” Project with their staffs. The Project Coordinator shares information to help the kick-off such as: community organizations willing to work with students; the link to this website; and information about the annual Project Launch Meeting.
 
October 6, 2016: Last day to submit the Project Launch Meeting RSVP. Click here to access the RSVP. 
 
October 12, 2016, noon-1:45p.m.at Linmoor Education Center: Project Launch Meeting
  • All Columbus City middle schools are invited to send three students and two teachers/staff members. Lunch is provided. Schools considering doing two community service projects may send four students.
  • Students and staff participate in a structured project planning exercise led by an experienced strategic planner with a background in public education.
  • Note: Although some students may have started discussing potential service activities prior to this meeting, this is not a requirement. The meeting is designed to model issues/service brainstorming and activity development. Each school’s service activity emerges according to its own time table and logistics.
  • Schools receive tri-fold display boards and materials to prepare an exhibit of their project at the Annual Middle School “Service Above Self” Fair
 
November, 2016 – March, 2017: Implementation of Community Service Projects
 
  • Ongoing coordination among students, teachers/project advisors, principals, Project Coordinator, and community resources as students work to achieve their projects’ goals.
  • Capture key project events in photos and videos (if possible).
  • Students and advisors: review requirements for the Project Preview Form and the Project Executive Summary; prepare project display boards; and, prepare for project presentations at the Middle School Fair.
 
December 15, 2016: Final day (3p.m.) for online submission of required Application Part 1 - Project Preview Form.
  
March 9, 2017: Final day (3p.m.) for online submission of Application Part 2 - Project Executive Summary.
 
March 15, 2017: 11:45a.m. – 1:45p.m Linmoor Education Center: Middle School Fair
Schools conducting 1 community service project may bring 3 students and 2 staff members to the Fair.
Schools conducting 2 community service projects may bring 4 students and 2 staff members to the Fair.   
 
REQUIRED STUDENT PROJECT APPLICATION PART 1 – THE PROJECT PREVIEW FORM 
 
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 3p.m. December 15, 2016. Answer the questions with sufficient information for the Coordinator and Rotary Reviewers to initially understand your project. 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 March 9, 2017.
  • You will provide copies of your Project Application Part 1 to the Project Coordinator 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.

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 middle 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 p.m., March 9, 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.
 
Application Part 2 - Project Executive Summary – questions:
 
Project Review
  1. School name.
  2. Project name.
  3. Project supervisor’s name, position, email address.
  4. The approximate number of students who participated in this project.
  5. The approximate number of hours devoted to the project.
 
Project Reflection
  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 December 15, 2016
 
Click here to open and submit Application Part 2: Due March 9, 2017
 
If you have questions about submitting these Applications, contact: Rick Studer, Coordinator,
Student “Service Above Self” Project rickstuder@columbusrotary.org 614-915-8149