Service Learning is a form of experiential education where learning occurs through a cycle of action and reflection as students work with others through a process of applying what they are learning to community problems and, at the same time, reflecting upon their experience as they seek to achieve real objectives for the community and deeper understanding and skills for themselves (excerpt from www.servicelearning.org).
The Bible commands us, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. ” Philippians 2:3-4
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Sixth graders will partner with several organizations to head-up the recycling efforts right here at Riverdale Baptist School.
We plan to create collection sites to recycle items such as paper, plastic, ink cartridges, cellphones, etc.
Seventh grade students have selected Project Clean Stream for their service learning partner.
Project Clean Stream
These students will have the opportunity to start by cleaning up a stream right here on the RBS property. Plans are to pick up trash, plant trees and shrubbery that strengthen the stream and participate in the annual Project Clean Streem event.
The 8th grade students have teamed up to help the Largo Landing Fellowship House.
Largo Landing Fellowship House
1077 Largo Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
The students will have the opportunity to brighten the day of a senior citizen sending notes & cards of encouragement, adopting-a grandparent, vistiting during the holidays, and assisting in the care and clean up of the facilities.
The 9th grade students have teamed up to help the Habitat for Humanity in Prince George's County.
Prince George's County HFH
4529 Rhode Island Ave.
Brentwood, MD 20722
Students will have the opportunity to fulfull the functions of building and rehabilitating houses, fundraising for the work of Habitats, advocating on behalf of people in need of decent shelter and for an end to poverty housing; and educating the school and community about the work and mission of Habitat for Humanity.
Tenth grade students have selected the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area for their service learning partner.
American Red Cross of the National Capital Area
8550 Arlington Blvd.
Fairfax, VA 22031
These students will have the opportunity to be trained to become involved in many areas of Red Cross Disaster Services including community disaster education, disaster preparation in the local community and disaster response through Red Cross disaster action teams and youth disaster corps. Red Cross youth volunteers also help with blood drives by recruiting donors, arraning appointments, acting as escorts, and serving refreshments. There are also leadership development opportunities by participating in clubs, councils and local boards as well as in leadership development camps or centers and on national Red Cross advisory and policy-makiing groups.
The juniors will be serving the Bowie Crofton Pregnancy Clinic:
Bowie Crofton Pregnancy Clinic
4341 Northview Drive
Bowie, MD 20716
Plans are to assist this faith-based, medical non-profit clinic to accomplish their mission of serving those facing pregancy-related and sexual health issues by offering physical, emotional and spiritual support and empowering them to make healthy and life-affirming decisions. Students will also help the clinic to meet ongoing expenses throught their "Baby Bottle Campain" and host abstinence programs which equip young people with the tools and skills necessary to meet the challenges of peer pressure and sexual situations.
RBS seniors plan to volunteer at Martha's Table, Inc.
Martha's Table, Inc.
2114 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Volunteer activities will include opportunities to prepare food, make sandwiches, tutoring or mentoring in the children and youth programs, donating and sorting clothes for display in Martha's Outfitters, and fundraising for the wish list.