Through the Middle School Social Impact Projects, students in Grades 7 and 8 put the RCDS motto, Not for Self, but for Service, into action by spending the year examining the ethics of service and the role of youth as change agents in their communities. They identify organizations of interest and learn more about their mission, work, and needs. Then, guided by advisors, they partner on teams that research, plan, and implement service projects that support the selected community organizations. In a culmination of their year-long efforts, the students showcased their purpose-driven projects at the virtual Social Impact Fair. The event was held virtually with students leading presentations about their selected organizations and advocating for support through creative fundraising activities and/or drives. For a full list of the Social Impact Project organizations, please click here.
I am so proud of the thorough and purpose-driven work of our students. In collaboration, they conducted their research and identified their selected organizations’ needs, as well as unique support initiatives. They have learned about the importance of advocacy as a facet of service and practiced raising awareness about the issues they care about.” — Rebecca Drago, Director of Public Purpose