"Everybody can be great because everybody can serve."
The Overlake School’s mission to inspire excellence, 培养好奇心, 教的责任, embrace diversity and foster a compassionate community is carried out through service learning. 通过真实世界的经历, students are introduced to the complex needs of their community, invited to collaborate and problem-solve with non-profit organizations, and encouraged to engage in lifelong service by pursuing an area of interest. 学生运用知识, 技能, talents and interests to engage civically and think critically resulting in positive change for themselves and the communities they serve. Through well-planned experience and personal reflection, students gain an understanding of their role as responsible, 关心公民. 此外, research indicates that students engaged in service during high school are more likely to remain civically-engaged adults. Youth involvement in 服务学习 programs leads to higher rates of voting, volunteerism and improved academic success (Corporation for National and Community Service, 2008).
Overlake students participate in school-wide service days. Middle School participates twice per year (Fall/Spring) while Upper School participates in the spring only. Students are grouped by advisory in activities rooted in grade-level themes. Advisors act as facilitators structuring the learning experience before, during and after their outings to support student learning and reinforce a meaningful reflection process. The thematic structure is designed to create meaningful experiences that are varied, 与课程相连, and supportive of actual needs expressed by non-profits in the community.
- 六年级:探索生态系统 & 栖息地
- 8th Grade: Engaging with Community (Youth, Family, Senior Citizens, and Social Services)
- 9th Grade: Maintaining Environmental Stewardship
- 十年级:减少粮食不安全 & 饥饿
- 11th Grade: Strengthening Communities (Youth, Adult, Social Services & 社会正义)
- 12年级:学生完成高年级项目, some of which may include non-profit or service activities
Students may choose to engage in service 通过 an array of clubs focused on impact and change. 在中学水平, the ASB leaders may opt for a Service sub-committee to lead students in various fundraisers or awareness campaigns. In Upper School, club options expand and specialize. 拓展俱乐部, 慈善委员会, KIVA, 解放孩子们, are all opportunities for students to engage in a service area of interest.
Students select from many experiential learning options during our spring 项目周. Among the offerings are local, domestic, and international service-based experiences. Past projects have included serving Seattle metropolitan area non-profits, 新奥尔良飓风救援, 仁人家园项目, and teaching in local Redmond schools or internationally in Cambodia and Uruguay. Project leaders instill goals and expectations during the months leading up to 项目周 to prepare students and promote an enriching experience for them and participating communities. 学生完成日记, 作业, and/or self-evaluations to capture and reflect upon their learning outcomes.
Service-based opportunities exist in select disciplines (Social 科学, 科学, Life Skills and Art) through delivery of curriculum by classroom teachers. Whether engaging in political action through letter-writing, exploring social justice by meeting with government or non-profit leaders, producing art to raise awareness for a cause or exploring environmental science, students learn about complex issues and take action to better their world.
The Overlake School maintains a special partnership with Hopelink: Avondale Park; a transitional housing facility located a half-mile from campus. Avondale Park provides shelter for families as they move from homelessness to long-term stability. Overlake教员, 管理员, students and staff serve a hot meal to Avondale Park residents monthly, while students sponsor families for holiday gifts for families through our Holiday Helpers program led by the 拓展俱乐部. 除了, the Overlake Kitchen demonstrates commitment to the community through sustainable practices by donating surplus perishable food to local community food banks.
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