Service and Outreach

Reitz Memorial High School Service Learning Program

 
Philosophy:
In response to Jesus' command to love and serve on another, the students of Reitz Memorial High School are encouraged to live a lifestyle which involves a loving response to the needs of others.  In light of this philosophy, Reitz Memorial regards Christian service as an integral component of the holistic education of each student. In addition to the benefits for the recipients of their service, students should find it rewarding and productive for their own growth.  The personal efforts to serve others will add an essential dimension to their educational experience. Therefore, all students will actively participate in at least two (2) service projects per school year.

How it Works: 
  • Students will participate in at least one (1) "SCHOOL SPONSORED" SERVICE PROJECT per school year AND at least one (1) "PARISH" SERVICE PROJECT per school year.
    • Students will sign up for school sponsored projects at the beginning of each semester.  Sign-ups for projects will be done during Homeroom usually taking place the first week of September and by the end of January for second semester.  Keep in mind that the requirement is only one per school year, but students are welcome to participate in more.
    • The parish projects need to be arranged by the individual student.  In other words, there are no sign-ups through the school for parish projects unless a parish wishes to advertise a particular opportunity through Reitz Memorial.  These projects are sponsored by the parish/church or benefit the parish/church in some way. Some examples include: working the summer social, being an alter server or lector at parish masses, working Vacation Bible School, etc.  If there is a questions as to what counts as a parish project, please ask one of the theology teachers or campus minister.
    • There may be other events that count as school sponsored projects, for example, Riley Dance Marathon (if certain criteria are met) and certain Key Club events, among others. Snowflake events may count as a parish project if certain criteria are met, since these events benefit the parish/feeder school students.
    • If a group or team wants to have a school-sponsored project approved, they must submit a project plan for approval to the Theology Department at the beginning of the first or second semester (by the end of August or by the end of January for second semester projects.)  For a project to be approved, it must have the elements of education, participation, and reflection.  In other words, the participants should be educated on the organization or people that they are serving, take part in the project, and complete the required reflection report.
    • The reflection report must be completed ad submitted within two weeks of the student's participation in the service project.  This will help the Homeroom and Theology teachers to avoid tracking down student forms at the end of the year.  If the report is not submitted within two weeks of project completion, the student will have to participate in another service project.
  • Once projects are completed, students must complete a refection report to be submitted online via Google Classroom.  The reflection report form can be accessed through their rmhsevdio.org email account and found on the Class of 2018, 2019, 2020, or 2021 Google Classroom page.  Students will be given a classroom code to access their particular class page.  Theology teachers will instruct the students on how to complete the forms on Google Classroom.  Homeroom teachers will be able to assist as well, once they learn the new system.  
    • The reflection report must be completed ad submitted within two weeks of the student's participation in the service project. This will help the Homeroom and Theology teachers to avoid tracking down student forms at the end of the year. If the report is not submitted within two weeks of project completion, the student will have to participate in another service project.

If there are any questions, please contact Mr. Gries at kevingries@evdio.org
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