Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead
This morning, we had a group of students who participated in the Live Love Day community service project in Chandler, Arizona. Members of our student ambassador club and student council did clean-up work at one of our feeder elementary schools and a local park. It was a great opportunity for our kids to build camaraderie, serve others, and make a visible difference in our local community.
I am a firm believer that public service should be an integral part of 21st century curriculum. In addition, as the debate about how to reform our school system rages on, it is absolutely critical that our schools are seen as an integral part of their communities–benefiting from local support and regularly contributing to local improvement efforts. Fostering community relations will not only benefit our students in their development of social and empathy skills, it will encourage the positive involvement of community members in school reform (see Grassroots School Reform: Keep it Local).
Our schools shouldn’t settle for being “in” the community, they need to be active contributors as community schools.