Elementary School Service Learning

The elementary service program is closely integrated with the elementary academic units. It follows the service learning more closely with each grade level supporting a particular community service project.

Roots and Shoots Club

Roots & Shoots is the youth-led community action and learning program of the Jane Goodall Institute who visited ACS in 2012 and again in 2015. This after-school program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to place the power and responsibility for creating community-based solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people. Through the program, young people map their community to identify specific challenges their neighborhoods face. From there, they prioritize the problems, develop a plan for a solution, and take action. Roots & Shoots was started at ACS five years ago for students Grade 3-5. We have done a wide variety of service activities over the years. Some of the highlights include bus raids, candy and plastic bag drives, Valentine's for Workers, pull tab collection for PCF, a mangrove clean up and educational tour, water conservation, writing to rangers, and a mini vipers shirt collection that the Habitat for Humanity students delivered to a school in Tamil Nadu, India.
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Roots and Shoots
Dr. Jane Goodall Visits ACS

Grade Level and Classroom Initiatives

Different grade levels support a particular community service project. For example: the grade 5 students support the Terry Fox Run which connects well with the “great persons” unit. The grade 3 students organize a clothing collection and giveaway which connects well with their unit on social inequalities. The KG1 students work with a unit on pets and treatment of animals. This approach allows for more class time to be spent planning and reflecting on the task.

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  • Terry Fox Run- It was started in 1980 when Terry Fox, a young Canadian, ran for the same cause. He ran a marathon each day, with the goal of running from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific. What made it more remarkable was that he did it on one leg, having lost his other leg to cancer. His journey of 143 days and 5,300 km ended short of his goal, as cancer claimed his life. The event lives on and has been run since then raising hundreds of thousands of dirhams each year.
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  • Box Appeal- An annual local charity event sponsored by local businesses. Elementary students hold a drive and package small items to be donated to workers in the area.

  • Clothing Drive- A grade 3 initiative where students collect donated clothes and hold a giveaway for the community.

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  • PEARLS Program- Students in grade 5 practice student leadership in preparation for greater responsibility and autonomy in Middle School. Through the Elementary PEARLS Program students practice and encourage skills in 6 key areas:

P assion, E mpathy, A cademics, R espect, L eadership, and S ervice