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Sharing their time and talents in many ways helps students develop awareness of needs outside themselves. An important goal of our program is to support student awareness of the value of community involvement and service. Accordingly, we ask that students donate time to the community in two ways. First, service is integrated into our yearly calendar as students work collectively on school-sponsored projects. Campus Day is one example when Upper School students and teachers work in small groups to enhance the campus with painting, planting, and building projects. Secondly, students are expected to fulfill a designated number of hours of community service each year working on a project suitable to their own schedule and interests. Students submit documentation for their community service during the year. Other service opportunities include tutoring and the Bloodmobile.
All Catlin Gabel Upper School students participate in community service in the following ways:
Individual Community Service
All Upper School students are required to complete at least 15 hours of service to the community. Students are encouraged to provide service outside of the Catlin Gabel community. Because of this, at least 12 of the required hours must be completed off campus. In addition, students are encouraged to provide a variety of services to the school community. Last year our students provided over 8,000 hours of service to area agencies and the Catlin Gabel community.
Upper School All-Student Required Activities
- Community Service Day: The Upper School sets aside two full days each year to provide service to the Portland community.
- Campus Day: These days are set aside for students to provide service to the school community through campus maintenance projects.
Upper School All-Student Optional Activities
- Holiday Giving: Student C&C groups may organize an effort to help those less fortunate during the holiday season.
- Project Second Wind: The Upper School organizes a food drive along with other area schools through the Washington County Food Bank.
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