In the wake of the recent death of Nelson Mandela, the Peace Jam Foundation coordinated a discussion about his legacy with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama on CNN. As a result of RCSA’s leadership in Service Learning and the awards we have won from the Peace Jam Foundation, our students were asked to participate by submitting questions for this discussion that was moderated by Anderson Cooper. You can watch the clip below where Anderson Cooper reads the question submitted by RCSA senior, Jalal Alajoulin.
Service learning is a method of teaching that pairs classroom instruction with meaningful community service. Too often, what students learn in school is disconnected from anything that they experience in the "real world." Service learning is primarily about finding ways to merge classroom learning with real world applications that can change the world for the better. Students in RCSA's Community Service Club have found these real world applications by working on issues as diverse as homelessness, poverty, bullying/violence, global access to clean water, and social justice for migrant farm workers. As author Neil Postman writes, "We cannot afford to waste the energy and idealism of the young. Their is no question that listlessness, ennui, and even violence in school are related to the fact that students have no useful role to play in society."
On November , students from River City Science Academy (RCSA) held a fund raiser in order to offer aid to the people of the Philippines following the devastating typhoon that made landfall on November 8th. Students delivered a check to the Jacksonville Red Cross on December 10th, 2013 for over $1950, which they brought in through this fundraiser. Students from the school's elementary, middle and high school all participated in this event. In past years, students from RCSA have organized similar fundraisers to offer aid to Haiti, Japan and Uganda.