Student Service Above Self Program

Community Service & Civic Engagement

MIDDLE SCHOOL INFORMATION 2020-2021

 
MIDDLE SCHOOL TIMELINE
 
 
September/
October
2020
 
School administrators and faculty kick-off the Student Service Above Self Program with their staff.
 
The Project Coordinator shares information to help the kick-off
October TBD, 2020
Last day to submit the Project Launch Meeting RSVP.
 
Click here to access the RSVP (Not operational until September, 2020)
October TBD, 2020
Project Launch Meeting
 
The following is information for previous launch meetings. Because schools are operating virtually in 2020-2021 due to COVID-19, we are determining how to launch the Student Service Above Self Program in this environment. INFORMATION COMING ASAP.
 
Last day to submit Project Launch Meeting RSVP - October TBD
 
  • All Columbus City middle schools are invited to send up to four students and two teachers/staff members.
  • 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 through community service projects 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.
December 1, 2020
Submit Required PROJECT PLAN - Application 1
 
One project for each team. Two student community service teams from each middle school may submit applications and participate in the Middle School Fair.
 
 
 
October 2020 – March, 2021
Project Implementation
 
  • 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.
  • Students wrap up their projects; finalize project display boards; and, prepare for project presentations at the Middle School Fair.
 
March 13, 2021
 
Submit Required PROJECT EXECUTIVE SUMMARY -Application 2
 
One Executive Summary for each project team.
 
March TBD, 2021
 
Middle School Fair at The Ohio State University Fawcett Center
 

Participation Guidelines and Requirements for

Student Community Service/Civic Engagement Teams

 
Goals
  • Enhancing lives of the served and the servers.
  • Encourage students to apply values of service and civic engagement throughout their lives.
  • Stimulate and reinforce students' interest and participation in their academic work.
 

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 their Project Plan, and Executive Summaries 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.
 
Previous Community Service Projects
 
CLICK HERE to see the 2019 Middle School Fair Program with descriptions of the 
2018-2019 community service/civic engagement projects.
CLICK HERE to see the 2018 Middle School Fair Program with the descriptions of
2017-2018 projects.
 
Note: 2020 COVID-19 school closures resulted in the inability to complete projects.
 

REQUIRED STUDENT PROJECT PLAN - APPLICATION 1

Due by 3 PM, December 1, 2020
 
Submission Process
 
  1. Click here to download a blank copy of the PROJECT PLAN.
      *Not operational until fall 2020
  2. Complete a separate PROJECT PLAN for each community service project as a word attachment to Rick Studer,  Student Service Above Self Program Coordinator, at  rickstuder@columbusrotary.org
  3. Put “(name of school) Project Plan” in the email subject line.
  4. Print copies of the completed Project Plan and distribute to student team members, project advisor, and others as you choose.
  5. We encourage one or several students to complete the PROJECT PLAN 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.
 
Click here for PROJECT PLAN TIPS
 

REQUIRED STUDENT PROJECT EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - APPLICATION 2

Submission Due by 3 PM, March TBD, 2021
 
Submission Process
  1.  Click here to download a blank copy of the Executive Summary. 
     *Not operational until fall 2020
  2.  Complete a separate Executive Summary for each community service project.
  3.  Email the typed, completed Executive Summary as a word attachment to Rick Studer,  Student
    Service Above Self Program Coordinator, at  rickstuder@columbusrotary.org 
    Put “(name of school) Executive Summary” in the email subject line.
  4. Print copies of the completed Executive Summary and distribute to student team members,
    project advisor, and others as you choose.
  5. We encourage one or several students to complete the PROJECT PLAN 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.
 

15th Annual Middle School Fair

March TBD

The Ohio State University Fawcett Center

Celebrating the 2020-2021 Middle School community service activities
at a special Columbus Rotary event.
 
CLICK HERE for the Middle School 2019 Fair Video
 
CLICK HERE for the Middle School 2019 Fair Program
 
CLICK HERE for the Middle School 2018 Fair Video
 

AGENDA

11:00 a.m. Preparation - Students arrive and set up their community service project boards.
 
11:10 a.m. Exhibition of Community Service Projects - Attendees view the project displays from each middle school and engage students in conversations about project goals, project activities, results, and personal learning through community-service involvement.
 
11:40 a.m. Recognition Luncheon - Community and CCS leaders commend the students’ efforts and results. Recognition of corporate and individual financial supporters.
 
12:00 p.m. Student Presentations and Certificates - Each student team makes a presentation from the podium about its community service project.
 
12:40 p.m. Surprise Group Activity
 
12:45 p.m. Student Presentations and Certificates - Completion of student community service teams' presentations.
 
1:25 p.m.   Closing / Adjourn
 

Participation

  • Three students and one faculty advisors from each community service team and principals.
  • CCS Board of Education members and administrations
  • Representatives from community organizations that collaborated with one of more student community service teams.
  • Rotarians and various other community leaders.
  • Representatives from corporate financial supporters and individuals' financial supporters.

Purposes

  • Provide a showcase for community service projects conducted by student teams from all Columbus City Schools' (CCS) middle schools.
  • Honor all projects, and select three projects to participate in the  2021 High School Fair, May 3, 2021, Archie Griffin Ballroom in the OSU Student Union
  • Recognize CCS faculty members who served as community service project advisors.
  • Salute corporate and individual financial supporters and community organization partners.
     
Questions?
 
 

Rick Studer, Program Coordinator

rickstuder@columbusrotary.org

614-915-8149