Student Service Above Self Program


Student Community Service Teams
Participation in the Student Service Above Self Program and the High School Fair
requires submission of Applications 1 & 2.
Please see the Application Instructions highlighted in yellow throughout this page.
Student Service Above Self Program annual kick-off.
  • Program Coordinator meets with HS principals and Career & Community Resource Coordinators to confer about 2018-2019 activities. 
September -November
Create and launch student community service projects.
December 7, 2018
Submit Required Application 1 – The Project Plan
3 student community teams from each school may submit applications and participate in the High School Fair.
October 2018 –May, 2019
Implementation of Community Service Projects.
  • Ongoing coordination among students, teachers/project advisors, principals, Program Coordinator, and community resources.
  • Capture key project events in photos and videos.
  • Students wrap up their projects, finalize project display boards, and prepare for presenting projects during the Review/Reinforcement/Selection process.
April 12, 2019
Submit Required Application 2 – The Project Executive Summary
April 19-26
Spring Break
May 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9
Review/Reinforcement/Selection process.
  • Teams of Rotarians visit each high school to hear project presentations by the student teams, reinforce the students’ work, and select each school’s most exemplary project.
May 13, 2019
High School Service Above Self Fair at the Valley Dale Ballroom.




Enhance the lives of the served and the servers.
Encourage students to apply the value of service and civic engagement throughout their lives. 
Stimulate interest in students' academic work. 
  • 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.
  • Three projects from each school, after successful submission of Applications 1 &2, will be invited to participate in the high 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 High School Fair Program with descriptions of the 2016-2017 community service projects
  • CLICK HERE to see the 2018 High School Fair Program with descriptions of the 2017-2018 community service projects.


Submission Due 3 PM, December 7, 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
  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.
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.
  • You will distribute copies of your Project Plan to the Rotary Review team members who visit your school to hear you present an overview of your project.
  • 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.
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. 


Submission Due by 3 PM, April 12, 2019
Submission Process - Please note that this process is different from the one you used for Application 1. (Easier)
  1. Click here to access the Project Summary--Application 2 online.
  2. 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. 
  3. NOTE: immediately upon submitting Application 2, the submitter and the Project Coordinator will receive emails with a copy of the completed Application. Please keep your email for future reference.
  4. Complete a separate Application 2 for each community service project.
  5. Print copies of the completed Project Summary and distribute to student team members and others as you choose.
We encourage one or several students to participate in completing this application along with the project advisor. 
This is one more way for students to practice valuable business-like thinking and writing skills.
Project Summary -- Preview Of Items To Complete.
Changes, if any, from the original Plan. Student team members,
faculty advisor, community organization contacts, Rotarian “helper.”
Data. Number of students who participated. Total hours worked on
the project. Number of people served. Etc.
Challenges encountered and how the team handled them.
Success in meeting each goal.
Overall, what went well during the project?
What would the team do differently if it could turn back the clock?
What did team members learn by participating in their project?
Would the team recommend this project to other students?