Service learning combines classroom learning with real world applications that can change the world for the better. RCSA students have found these real-world applications by working on issues as diverse as homelessness, poverty, bullying, global access to clean water and social justice for migrant farm workers. While there is no community service requirement for graduation, students frequently find ways to give back, particularly in after school programs.
Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12-18. Interact members build leadership skills by meeting with local leaders and volunteering. Interact clubs design and carry out two major service projects each year. The first project should give back to the local community and the second promotes international understandin
RCSA is actively involved with the Peace Jam Foundation and students attend Peace Jam events twice each year. The mission of the Peace Jam Foundation is to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills and wisdom they embody. Every year, students from the Southeastern U.S. who have been actively involved in projects to better their communities come together in Tallahassee, Florida to share their while they meet with a Nobel Peace Laureate. Peace Jam itself has been nominated nine times for the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 2013, RCSA students received the Southeast Activism Award from the Peace Jam Foundation at Florida State University. The students received this award for their work on behalf of migrant farmworkers in the tomato fields of South Florida. They were the only school selected for this award in the region. Their documentary on their work can be viewed here RCSA students also recently traveled to Ghana with connections they made at a Peace Jam event.
College Mentorship Program
Students accepted into the College Mentorship Program are assigned a mentor beginning in 6th grade. This mentor will guide students’ academic, personal and leadership growth for years, through high school graduation. Mentors and mentees share weekly meetings, personal development programs and leadership seminars. Volunteer work is also an important aspect of the program, with students dedicating their time to several area causes. More than 200 students in grades 6-12 are paired with a teacher or school staff who guides them through weekly enrichment in math, reading, character education and college awareness.