Sally Borden School
Summer Program

Middle School Service Learning


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

 Margaret Mead



Through their own passions – and with the guidance of faculty, staff, and family – students identify and pursue meaningful* service-learning opportunities within their community, the United States, and the world.  These opportunities align with Friends Academy’s five virtues and its mission.  They encourage compassion, build responsibility, develop leadership, and broaden the students’ awareness of the world.

*Work in the community is related to academic study in ways that enhance both.  Students learn best and most profoundly by constructing knowledge and rooting it in personal experience.



Friends Academy concentrates on service-learning opportunities that:

Integrate with students’ curriculum

Create a reciprocal relationship between the school and the community

Meet a genuine community need

Develop a strong sense of social responsibility, civic awareness, respect for diversity and differences and enhance personal growth and life-long learning

Help students become responsible community members and productive citizens



Friends Academy middle school students spend a double-block period each week devoted to on-campus opportunities of interest that support school, local, and global initiatives.

Each grade, led by teacher-chaperones, also leaves campus on multiple occasions to volunteer at local community organizations and offer hands-on support to farms and gardens and community service agencies.

To view the complete Program Overview for Friends Academy Service Learning, click here.

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