2017-2018

 

Student Service Above Self Program
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL DETAILS
2017-2018
 
ATTENTION: See the instructions for Required Applications 1 & 2 highlighted below in yellow.
If you have questions about submitting these Applications, contact: Rick Studer, Program Coordinator rickstuder@columbusrotary.org 614-915-8149
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL TIMELINE (Some dates may change. All will be final by 10/1/17)
 
September, 2017: School administrators kick-off the Student Service Above Self Program 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 TBD, 2017: Last day to submit the Project Launch Meeting RSVP. Click here to access the RSVP.
 
October TBD, 2017: Project Launch Meeting. Noon-1:45p.m. at the Linmoor Education Center: 
  • 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 brainstorming about issues to address and the planning required to be successful. Each school’s service project or projects emerge according to their own time table and logistics.
  • Schools receive tri-fold display boards and materials to prepare an exhibit of their projects at the Annual Middle School Service Above Self Fair
 
October – March, 2017Implementation of Community Service Projects.
  • Ongoing coordination among students, teachers/project advisors, principals, Program 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 Applications 1 & 2 and prepare to meet the submission deadlines.
  • Students wrap up their projects; finalize project display boards; and, prepare for project presentations at the Middle School Fair.
 
November 17, 2017:  Final day (3p.m.) for online submission of required Application Part 1 - The Project Preview.
  
March 13, 2018:  Final day (3p.m.) for online submission of Application Part 2 - Project Executive Summary.
 
March 20, 2018:  Middle School Fair at the Fawcett Center.
See the Middle School Fair page for details.
 
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS INFORMATION
Through participation in community service projects, hundreds of Columbus middle school students experience the value of service for others and themselves. In addition, diving into service/project-based activities stimulates interest in their academic work. The goal is for students to apply the value of service and leadership skills throughout their lives. 
 
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 organization.
  • With a focus on issues that impact their schools, communities and even other countries.
  • In a way that brings the students in direct contact with people served by the project when possible. 
 
Desired project qualities include:
  • Degree, type and quality of student involvement in the project: topic selection, planning, implementing, measuring impact.
  • Breadth and depth of the needs addressed by the project: sufficiently serious needs to justify time and effort given by everyone involved.
  • Relevance: the service activities have clear relevance to the people served.
  • Partnership exploration: degree to which the potential for partnering with relevant organizations was explored.
  • Partnership effectiveness: degree to which the students/organization partnership met the goals of the service project.
  • Impact on people served: immediate and potential ongoing positive impact of the project on the target audience(s).
  • Impact on students: personal impact on the students plus enhanced student knowledge and skills resulting from project participation.
  • Presentation Quality: personal presentation skills – well prepared, informed, engaging, focused.
  • Project display board and supporting materials: informative about project scope, goals, impact, student activities and good visual quality.
  • Project Applications 1&2: responsive, thorough, informative, degree of student involvement in completing the Applications.
 
CLICK HERE to see the 2017 Middle School Fair Program with descriptions of the 2016-2017 community service projects.
 
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     REQUIRED STUDENT PROJECT APPLICATION PART 1 – THE PROJECT PREVIEW
Online Submission Due by 3p.m., November 17, 2017
 
If you've read the application instructions and are ready to submit,
or if you want to preview Application Part 1, click here: Available November, 2017
 
NOTE: immediately upon submitting Application Part 1, the submitter and the Program Coordinator will receive emails with a copy of the completed Application. Please keep this for future reference.
 
 
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.
 
  • 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 to help meet project goals.
  • 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 13, 2018.
  • 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.)
 
Application Part 1- Project Preview - questions:
  1. School name.
  2. Project name.
  3. Name, title, phone and e-mail of the project advisor.
  4. Type of project. Select one or more of these descriptions:
(A) Conducted by an individual student. If so, provide name and grade level.
(B) Group of students. If so, list names and grade levels of students in team leadership positions and each student’s main responsibilities.
(C) Related to a specific middle school course or curriculum area. If so, provide the name, phone and e-mail for the teacher(s) whose course(s) is connected to the project.
(D) Associated with a school organization. If so, provide the name of the organization and the faculty advisor.
(E) Conducted in partnership with one or more non-school organization. If so, provide the name of
the organization and the contact information for the person at the organization working most closely with the students.
  1. What one or more issue/problem/need are you addressing with this project? Brief statement about “why.”
  2. Top 3 project goals.
  3. Main activities you are doing to achieve each goal.
  4. How you will know if you achieved each goal. (Another way to say this is: how will you measure your impact?)
  5. Biggest 1-3 challenges you anticipate you will have to overcome to succeed.
 

REQUIRED APPLICATION PART 2 - THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Online Submission Due by 3p.m., March 13, 2018.
 
If you've read the application instructions and are ready to submit,
 or if you want to preview Application Part 2, click here: Available November, 2017
 
NOTE: immediately upon submitting Application Part 2, the submitter and the Program Coordinator will receive emails with a copy of the completed Application. Please keep this for future reference.
 
Instructions
The Executive Summary is a professional way to provide essential information to everyone interested in your project. We encourage one or several students to complete this application with a review by the project advisor before submission. This is one of many ways students can 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.
 
  • 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.)
 
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 of your project? How do you know you achieved this?
  2. What were the biggest challenges you faced? How did you deal with them?
  3. What went well in your project?
  4. What would you have done differently, if anything?
  5. What did you learn from doing this 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.)