Service learning is an important part of the Rock Point School curriculum and all students are required to participate. The opportunities are very diverse. The goal behind such activities is to promote a sense of stewardship, community responsibility, and joy in helping others both in and out of the school community.
Rock Point students participate in six projects over the school year. Three of these take place on the property helping the property manager with seasonal tasks – preparing for the sugaring season, cleaning up after the snow melts, cutting and stacking wood – and the remaining three are part of larger community ventures. In the fall the students ‘Hike for Hunger’ on a sponsored hike up a local mountain to raise money for the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger. On Martin Luther King Day, the whole school participates in the community wide service projects in Burlington and then joins together with all the other volunteers to celebrate with a dinner. In the late Spring, the students join in with the Postal Carriers Food Drive, sorting and packing food at the local food shelf. Throughout the year there are other service opportunities that arise organically from student interest. For example the students have raised money for Episcopal Relief and Development, participated in planning community events for young people, raised money to purchase $10 stoves for families in need in developing nations.
Cultural Service Learning Week
In February the students participate in Cultural Service Learning Week. During this 10 day period, the students have the opportunity to pursue various community service and learning opportunities in the local community. Rock Point School students are able to make lasting and meaningful relationships with the larger community around us. This can sometimes lead to a continuing relationship between a student and a local business, a potential ongoing internship.
Additionally, in previous years, students have traveled to Japan, England, Cambodia, Costa Rica, and El Salvador. They have also participated in service projects for Habitat for Humanity in West Virginia, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.