All students in the middle school have multiple opportunities to participate in service organizations that provide education, interaction, or intervention during the school year. The three most active service organizations in the middle school are Reach Out, Amnesty International and SLAMS (Student Leadership and Activities at Middle School). However, a variety of other small efforts like Toiletries for Battered Women Shelter Drive and recycled small container collections for medicine distribution among the poor also happen throughout the year.
Within the school day, the middle school has taken a growth and maturity approach to service learning that develops a sense of independence and instills awareness in the necessity and value of service.
Grade 6 students spend time as an entire grade level exploring and reflecting what service is, who and what it serves, opportunities for service that take place in Delhi and a simulation to help spark understanding of what it feels like to need service.
Grade 7 students experience service through an organized advisory interaction with local school children. This is organized by teachers, but activities are inspired and led by students with adult guidance and help.
Grade 8 students through advisory, design, develop and implement a service learning experience as part of their first semester advisory program. In addition, many grade 8 students blend a component of community service into the interdisciplinary Population Project. These students independently choose to share information they researched on an issue about India through a public service announcement, an active letter campaign, or direct hours of community service. Moreover, the grade eight students consistently serve as our role models for Amnesty, Reach Out and the other small student initiated drives.
The growth and maturity approach works well developmentally for middle school students as they have an introduction, an organized experience and then independently select an issue in India on which to raise awareness. Our school motto of "Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve" represents the middle school approach as students are guided as they take initial steps towards creating for themselves a responsible role in community, regional, and international activities.