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 12, 2017
Last day to submit the Project Launch Meeting RSVP.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
October 18, 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, 2017
Implementation 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. 
 
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS
  • May be conducted by student teams or an individual student.
  • Must be conducted with the official oversight of one or more of the following: Career & Community Resource Coordinator, school administrator, teacher, school counselor, school club advisor.
 
ELEMENTS OF A SOLID, HIGH QUALITY COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT
 
Student Ownership
 
Student created and led as much as possible.
Student Involvement
 
High quality involvement by as many students as possible given the nature of the project. 
Problem/Issue Relevance
 
Problem/issue is serious and important to the people served by the project.
Student Knowledge/
Understanding
 
Students demonstrate knowledge of the problem/issue and an understanding of how the issue affects the people served.
Partnership/
Collaboration
 
Students explore the possibility of working with one or more community organizations to maximize the impact of their service and increase their knowledge and skills.
Service Learning
If possible, the project connects with one or more teachers and academic areas to inform student work and motivate classroom engagement and learning.
 
Contact With Service Recipients
 
If possible, students have direct contact with the people served by their project.
Impact/Results
 
Immediate, strong impact on the people served and the potential for impact that lasts over time.
Student Knowledge and Skill Building.
 
Students grow important knowledge and skills for success in post-high school education, and/or careers, and life overall: critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration, organization, leadership, and many more.
Project Presentations
 
High quality student presentations in a variety of settings – including project display materials. Presentations demonstrate that students are prepared, informed, engaging, and focused.
 
Project Applications 1&2
 
Ideally submitted by students with answers that are clearly responsive and show strong attention to the elements of a solid, high quality community service project.
 
CLICK HERE to see the 2017 Middle School Fair Program with descriptions of the 2016-2017 community service projects.
 
     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.)