Service Learning

Rolling Hills Preparatory and Renaissance Schools ensure that our students are connected to their community through a variety of activities. Our service learning requirement is closely tied to our Sound Character pillar as students gain a sense of personal and social responsibility while developing their leadership, cooperation, and teamwork skills.

Whether they find themselves giving back to the local community or around the world, Rolling Hills Prep students understand that there is an obligation to serve the greater good whenever you have the chance.
 

Requirements

All Upper School students are required to complete 30 hours of Service Learning (community service) per year. Upper School students may complete additional hours in their freshman and sophomore years and bank them toward their obligation for their junior and senior years. Middle School students are required to complete 15 hours of Service Learning per year.
 

Options

The Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance Schools Service Learning Program offers several ways for students to fulfill their requirements.
  1. Through specific projects conceived, organized and carried out by one or more advisory groups or clubs on campus. Projects include habitat restoration at Machado Lake, tutoring at the partner schools, or planning and carrying out other opportunities.
  2. Pre-approved community service and service learning initiatives contained in this list.
  3. Individual volunteer efforts that are previously approved by Rachel Rubin, Service Learning Coordinator and Language Department Chair.

Head of School Honor Roll

Students will be placed on the Head of School Service Learning Honor Roll when they complete a minimum number of hours of volunteer time (15 hours for Upper School, seven hours for Middle School) in one trimester. Students may complete the entire Honor Roll requirement (45 hours for Upper School, 21 hours for Middle School) during the summer or in one trimester and remain on the Honor Roll for the year. Students may be asked to share their work with their advisory groups to help them reflect on their activities and to introduce their peers to potential opportunities.

The advisory presentation will focus on answering the following questions:
  • In what activities did I participate?
  • How did I help people?
  • How could this activity be improved or built upon?
  • What did I learn from the opportunity?
 

Approval and Recording

Students who wish to volunteer for an event that is not pre-approved (i.e., it is not on the School Calendar or with a partner organization listed on this page) must email Rachel Rubin at RRubin@RollingHillsPrep.org IN ADVANCE with the name of the organization and a brief description of the proposed volunteer work.

Volunteer log forms for all service work must be filled out, signed by a supervisor (who is not related to the student) from the organization for which students are volunteering, and turned in to Yesela Tadeo, Dean of Students, for hours to be counted. Hours must be turned in before the end of the current trimester to be considered for the Service Learning Honor Roll. Volunteer log forms are available in the office or by downloading on the right.
 
 

Upcoming Opportunities

Saturday, February 23 | 9:00 a.m. | On Campus
Huskies with Heart - Benefiting Children in Foster Care

The 1st Annual Huskies with Heart Family Day will take the place of our Fathers’ Breakfast and Mothers Tea events, combining the spirit of a family day with a hands-on opportunity to do something extraordinary for children in foster care. We will be working together to fill hundreds of backpacks with hygiene supplies, blankets, rain jackets, socks, school supplies, and thoughtful, handwritten notes. These backpacks will then be given to foster youth via the Alliance for Children’s Rights to help ease the transition process as they are moved from home to home. It’s a heartbreaking truth that the majority of foster kids receive only a black trash bag to carry their belongings from place to place. Together, the RHP & REN community can give these kids something that will be truly helpful and meaningful in their lives. (*Added bonus - all kids will earn service hours for attending the event - they must check-in and out - and helping us. See below for opportunities to earn extra hours!)

How you can help:

1) CONTRIBUTE: We still need supplies: new and gently used backpacks are very much appreciated. Please, if you donate a gently used backpack, please wash it first. Other items: toothbrushes, sample size toothpaste, small containers of hand sanitizer, floss, soap, pencils, pens, notebooks, fleece blankets, rain ponchos, socks, sample size lotion, make-up bags, coloring books, and feminine hygiene products.

If you’d like to keep it easy, here’s a link to the Huskies with Heart Amazon Wish List. Pick what you’d like to contribute and it will get sent directly to the organizers. If you do the shopping yourself, you can either drop it off in the collection bins by the front office at the school, or email dlagoldberg@mac.com to arrange pick-up.

2) VOLUNTEER & RSVP: Does your child need to earn service hours? Click here to sign them up for a shift helping us set up tables, food, supplies, break-down at the end of the event, etc. This is a great opportunity to earn additional hours. Spots are limited for these extra hours so please sign up quickly. Please, so we know how much food to have on hand to keep our awesome families tummies full. We will serve breakfast and have pizza for lunch. We encourage every family’s participation. Click here to RSVP & SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER.

Not only is this a wonderful way for our kids to get involved in giving back to others in the community, but a chance for kids and parents to participate in this compassionate effort as a family, and of course, as a Husky family.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR HUSKIES WITH HEART

Contact

Rachel Rubin
Service Learning Coordinator and Foreign Language Department Chair
RRubin@RollingHillsPrep.org
 
Yesela Tadeo
Registrar and Upper School
Dean of Students
YTadeo@RollingHillsPrep.org
 

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