Meaningful community service allows students to become responsible citizens, exercise leadership, create a sense of community pride, develop their own understanding of social justice, and draw a deeper awareness of needs within a community.
At North Broward Preparatory School, we recognize the importance of being a responsible and contributing member of the local and world communities in which we live. Student volunteer service is an important learning component and furthers the NBPS mission to engage students in real-life problem solving, cooperative learning and to promote civic responsibility.
Meaningful community service allows students to become responsible citizens, exercise leadership, create a sense of community pride, develop their own understanding of social justice, and draw a deeper awareness of needs within a community. This concept fosters a positive relationship between the educational community and the public/private sectors of the wider community in which we live. North Broward Preparatory School is committed to integrating the learning that results from community service into the larger school experience. This concept, called service learning, allows teachers and students to make links between course-content, the skills and dispositions they are acquiring and their community activities.
Here are some examples of how our students open their hearts to help others in our Lower, Middle and High Schools.
Lower school students participate in a variety of service projectsorganized by the Lower School Student Government or grade level groups. The lower school works with organizations such as Ronald McDonald House, Boca Helping Hands, American Heart Association and other local charities.
Every April, Middle school students participate in a school-wide service project, Spring Into Action, in which they gather food and clothing to donate to 100 local families in need. Students pack grocery bags and organize a “boutique” with donated clothes, toys, and sporting goods. Families in need visit our campus to shop in the boutique and pick up their groceries. The Middle School Student Government, National Junior Honor Society, and Advisory groups also adopt charities and work on projects to raise money and goods through donations for dress down days, sale of candy grams, and hosting dances and movie nights.
In High School we continue the emphasis on the importance of community service and the personal gratification that comes from assisting others. Students have a graduation requirement of a minimum of 100 hours of community service. NBPS also supports the International Baccalaureate Creativity, Action and Service Program, where students have to dedicate 150 hours of officially documented student-initiated activities.