One of the key components of the Middle Years Program framework is helping students understand their role in the wider world by taking action based on their learning experiences. Part of this action is service. MYP learners aim to be caring members of their communities and work to make a difference in those communities and the world by positively impacting the lives of others or the environment. By doing so, students are able to see the different attributes of the Learner Profile in context and begin developing them. Additionally it reinforces the inquiry, critical thinking, and reflection skills students learn in the classroom in an authentic manner, helping students become socially aware of their responsibilities as world citizens and be empowered to make thoughtful choices and create positive action.
Over the past few months, Royal Oak teachers and students have demonstrated their commitment to serving our wider community in many different ways, both in and out of the classrooms. In students' government classes, for example, students are working on civic engagement projects where they learn about different U.S. policy issues impacting people or the natural world around us and based on an issue they feel is important, helping those impacted. At the middle school, the STAND group sought to remind students of the importance kind words can make on a person's day by writing positive thought notes to be put on students lockers. One of the largest service events happened last month; students, teachers, and community members came together to help many different local community service projects through the MLK Day of Service, hosted by Royal Oak and Berkley Public Schools. Participants worked with organizations, such as Operations Smile, making smile dolls and bags for children with cleft palates or other facial deformities, Cass Community Social Services, making hygiene kits and mud mats, the Redford Brightmoor Initiative, cleaning their free store and community home, and the Boys and Girls Club, renovating the Learning Center, just to name a few. Through these events and activities, not only do students build an awareness about the world around them and the ways they can take action in it, but also spread awareness to their larger communities about issues that are important to them.
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