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 several projects over the school year. Some 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 some are part of larger community ventures. Annually, we raise money for COTS (Committee on Temporary Shelter) through our Ooky Spooky 5k, hosted at the school and managed by students. Also 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. During the holidays, we do a Turkey Drive and Food Drive for our local Food Shelf. During sugaring season, student leaders provide tours of our sugar bush and sugar house for preschool and elementary school students. Additionally, students on an individual basis volunteer at local organizations such as the Chittenden County Emergency Food Shelf, the Humane Society, and Center City T-Ball.
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.
Below, check out this video from the "Stuck in Vermont" series on our sugaring education program.