Student Service Above Self Program

Community Service & Civic Engagement

MIDDLE SCHOOL INFORMATION 2020-2021

 
MIDDLE SCHOOL TIMELINE
 
 
November-December
2020
 
Student Service Above Self Program annual kick-off.
 
Program Coordinator shares information with MS Principals to help launch 2020-2021 activities
November-December, 2020-January
2021
Create and launch student community service/civic engagement projects.
 
 
 
THIS ISN'T HAPPENING THIS YEAR. I'VE LEFT IT IN TO SHOW THAT WE WILL REINSTATE THIS VALUABLE SESSION POST-COVID.
 
Project Launch Meeting
 
  • 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 timetable 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.
TBD 2021
Submit Required Application 1 - THE  PROJECT PLAN 
 
Typically one or two community service teams from each school may submit applications and participate in the MS Fair.
 
This year, schools are encouraged to plan and implement as many quality projects as possible and practical given Covid-related logistics. No expectation on the number. Appropriate recognition will be arranged for all teams.
 
One Project Plan submitted for each team. 
 
 
 
December 2020 – May, 2021
Implementing 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.
  • Students wrap up their projects; finalize project display boards; and, prepare for project presentations at some form of recognition event.
 
March 13, 2021 if we have an in-person fair.
TBD if not.
 
Submit Required Application 2 - PROJECT EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 
 
One Executive Summary for each project team.
 
March 26, 2021 Date and fair format TBD depending on Covid
Middle School Fair at The Ohio State University Fawcett Center
 
 
 
 
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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.
     
  • Number of projects from each school TBD by each school. Schools are encouraged to create and conduct as many community service projects as interest, time, and logistics permit. *** Pre-Covid, Middle Schools typically implemented one or two projects which were recognized at the MS Fair.
 
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 TBD 2021
 
Submission Process
 
Click here to access the Project Plan--Application 1 online. 

 

  1. Create an account. Fill out the application. If you're done, hit "submit" OR, you may hit "save and return" if you need to pause your work and come back to it later.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  2. Complete a separate PROJECT PLAN for each community service project. DISREGARD the due date on the Project Plan. Now TBD per school.                                                                                                                                                                            
  3. Note: immediately upon submitting the PROJECT PLAN the submitter and the SSASP Coordinator will receive emails with a copy of the completed PLAN. Please keep your email for future reference.                                                                                                                                                                              
  4. Print copies of the completed PROJECT PLAN and distribute it to student team members 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

Due TBD 2021
 
Click here to access the PROJECT EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - Application 2 online.
 
  1. Create an account. Fill out the application. If you're done, hit "submit" OR,  you may hit "save and return" if you need to pause your work and come back to it later. 
     
  2. Note: immediately upon submitting the EXECUTIVE SUMMARY, the submitter and the Project Coordinator will receive emails with a copy of the completed SUMMARY. Please keep your email for future reference
     
  3. Complete a separate EXECUTIVE SUMMARY for each community service project. DISREGARD the due date on the Executive Summary. Now TBD per school.
  4. Print copies of the completed EXECUTIVE SUMMARY and distribute it to student team members 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
 

15th Annual Middle School Fair

March 25, 2021

THIS INFORMATION APPLIES ONLY IF WE ARE ABLE TO PROCEED WITH AN IN-PERSON EVENT

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