Student Service Above Self Program

MIDDLE SCHOOL INFORMATION 2018-2019

 
Student Community Service Teams
Participation in the Student Service Above Self Program and the Middle School Fair
requires submission of Applications 1 & 2.
Please see the Application Instructions highlighted in yellow throughout this page.
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL TIMELINE (Some dates may change. All will be final by 10/1/18)
 
 
September, 2018
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, 2018
Last day to submit the Project Launch Meeting RSVP.
October 16, 2018
Project Launch Meeting. 9:30-11:30a.m.. at the Linmoor Education Center: 
  • All Columbus City middle schools are invited to send three students and two teachers/staff members.
  • 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
November 28, 2018
 
Submit Required Application 1 – The Project Plan.
 
If a second community service project idea and team emerges close to or after this date, the school contacts the Student Service Above Self Program Coordinator to arrange for submission of this second Project Plan ASAP.
 
 
October 2018 – March, 2019
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 wrap up their projects; finalize project display boards; and, prepare for project presentations at the Middle School Fair.
 
March 13, 2019
(On or before)
Submit Application Part 2 - Project Executive Summary.
 
 
March 20, 2019
Middle School Fair at the Valley Dale Ballroom
 
 
 
 

COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS INFORMATION & APPLICATIONS

 
GoalEnhancing lives of the served and the servers.
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 civic engagement throughout their lives. 
 

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: school administrator, teacher, school counselor, school club advisor.
  • One or two projects from each school, after successful submission of Applications 1 & 2, will be invited to participate in the middle school fair. Of course, schools are encouraged to create and conduct as many community service projects as interest, time, and logistics permit.

Program Review

  • CLICK HERE to see the 2017 Middle School Fair Program with descriptions of the 2016-2017 community service projects.
  • CLICK HERE to see the 2018 Middle School Fair Program with descriptions of the 2017-2018 community service projects.
 

REQUIRED STUDENT PROJECT APPLICATION 1 – THE PROJECT PLAN

Submission Due by 3 PM, November 28, 2018
 
Submission Process
  1. Click here to download a blank copy of the Project Plan. (Scroll past Instructions on this page for a preview of the Project Plan.)
  2. Complete a separate Project Plan for each community service project.
  3. Email the typed, completed Project Plan as a word attachment to the Student Service Above Self Coordinator, Rick Studer, at  rickstuder@columbusrotary.org
  4. Put “(name of school) Project Plan” in the email subject line.
  5. Print copies of the completed Project Plan and distribute to student team members, project advisor, and others as you choose.
 
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.
  • Complete all sections thoroughly and thoughtfully. (For example: under Goals, “do something good” is not sufficient. And, under Actions, “pass out some stuff” is not sufficient. While preparing the Project Plan, check out the information about Application 2 so you can see how Application 1 & 2 fit together.
  • The information in your Project Plan will be helpful to the Program Coordinator in suggesting resources that could be helpful in meeting your project goals.
  • You may include support materials for Application Part 1. Examples include: photos and videos of the project in action, descriptions of the group(s) served, testimonial letters. Contact the Coordinator to discuss how to make this happen.
PREVIEW
The required Project Plan provides a structure for success.
 
The Project Plan has these sections for teams to complete.
 
Project name.
 
Student team members, faculty advisor, and community organization contacts, if any.
 
Biggest Project Goals.
 
What team members know about the issue they are addressing and what additional knowledge they will need to be successful.
 
Actions the team will take to achieve the goals.
 
Possible challenges in meeting the goals and ways to meet them.
 
When the project is completed, how will the team know if it achieved its goals?
 
Plus, it provides:
 
11 elements of a solid project for teams to use as a guideline.
 
A list of attitudes, knowledge, and skills that team members will encounter during the planning and implementation of their projects.
 

REQUIRED STUDENT PROJECT APPLICATION 2 – THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Submission Due by 3 PM, March 13, 2019
 
Submission Process
1.    Click here to download a blank copy of the Executive Summary. (Scroll past Instructions on this page for a preview of the Executive Summary)
2.    Complete a separate Executive Summary for each community service project.
3.    Email the typed, completed Executive Summary as a word attachment to the Student Service Above Self Coordinator, Rick Studer rickstuder@columbusrotary.org
4.    Put “(name of school) Executive Summary” in the email subject line.
5.    Print copies of the completed Executive Summary and distribute to student team members, project advisor, and others as you choose.
 
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.
  • Complete all sections thoroughly and thoughtfully.
  • You may include support materials for the Executive Summary. Examples include: photos and videos of the project in action, descriptions of the group(s) served, testimonial letters. Contact the Coordinator to discuss how to make this happen
 
PREVIEW
The required Executive Summary is a wrap up of goal achievement for the people served by teams and the benefits to team members for their service.
 
 
The Executive Summary has these sections for teams to complete.
 
Student team members, faculty advisor, and community organization contacts, if any changes from the original Project Plan.
 
Data. The number of students that participated. Total hours worked on the project. The number of people served. Etc.
 
Challenges encountered and how the team handled them.
 
Report on levels of success in meeting each goal.
 
Overall, what went very well during the project.
 
The biggest things teams would do differently if they could turn back the clock.
 
Biggest learning takeaways.