In order to instill and foster compassion and empathy for their community, Anzar has created a Service Learning program. This program allows all students to fill an identifiable need in the community and participate in a two-way, mutually beneficial experience. Unlike "community service" programs that only emphasize time served, Anzar's Service Learning program requires students to develop a significant relationship with a service learning placement provider that allows them to feel self-empowered to a leadership capacity.
Examples of Service Learning experiences include: the creation of a meal program to feed needy people in the community; becoming trained docents for the local California Mission; helping staff and run bike rides, walk-a-thons, runs, etc. for lofty causes; being peer tutors; working in an internship capacity with a variety of local professionals; working at the local k-8 schools and community libraries; running after-school sports for younger students; working in the organic school garden; working as a counselor at Outdoor School; etc. Advisors track the service learning experiences of their advisees; the school offers an evaluation form that works well as documentation. Eighteen hours of service is considered one semester of service learning.
All Anzar students are required to complete six semesters of service learning for graduation.
Service Learning Placement Ideas for students
Advisors need to approve your placement, and evaluation sheets should be submitted for each placement. Aim for a placement that you will enjoy and that fills a real need, so that you'll feel the reward of truly serving and helping.
Current placements for this year include:
- Working in the snack shack for volleyball, for basketball, for football, and for soccer
- Assisting with Anzar athletics outside of the snack shack = scorekeeping, ticket entry, parking, door duty, etc.
- Babysitting for ELAC once-a-month meetings at San Juan and Aromas Schools
- Helping coach a younger kids' team (soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, etc.)
- Peer Tutoring , the Anzar Garden Class, translating for Anzar's ELAC (Weds. mornings/ once a month)
- Helping the Anzar Boosters with fundraisers
- Church volunteer work
- Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and 4H volunteer work
- Helping at a homeless shelter or an animal shelter
- Interning somewhere
- ASB work and/or Link Crew, serving as an officer/leader for an Anzar club
- Volunteering at a hospital or clinic
- Volunteering at the Aromas or San Juan Library
- Volunteering at Chamberlins in Hollister
- After-school tutoring at Anzar, Aromas or San Juan School (requires advance planning)
- Helping with multiple community fundraisers during the year (Aromas Days, Antique fairs, Rock 'n Run, AIDS Bike-athon, etc.)
- Local harvest gleaning
- Anzar Work Days
- Intersession Construction class
- Outdoor School (Science Camp) Counselor
Check here for new Service Learning Opportunities in the community...(updated 8/8/18)
- Anzar Athletics - Fall athletics can use student help with the football snack shack during home games, football entry/ ticket table, football parking, volleyball scoreboard, and volleyball snack shack during home games.
- ASB is always looking for more participation! Earn service hours by helping with activities and events! See Ms. Jones in Rm. 202 or 402 for more information.
- Want to be an Outdoor School counselor? Sophomores through seniors are invited to sign up for this - the director WILL be on campus on our first Club Day next month to sign up students on the spot!
- Service Clubs like Interact, MeCHA and the new Garden Club offer service hours as part of their regular club activities - service and giving to the community is part of their mission. Join a club as soon as meetings start!
- Start a club on your own or with a friend! This will give you plenty of service hours, as you write the constitution, plan and hold meetings, and have fun with like-minded people! Fill gaps you notice with your very own new club! (Music club, anyone?)
- See Mr. Huneywell (Room 501) if you are a fluent bilingual and bi-literate Spanish speaker (2 years min. in NSS classes). He needs one or two people to help translate classroom materials. Can be done at your home in your spare time and is worth up to one semester of service learning hours.
- Are you a great reader with a clear voice, even with complex texts and words? Mr. Huneywell needs one or two people to help make some audio files. Must have your own smartphone and a quiet place to make recordings. Worth up to one or two semesters of Service Learning. Talk to Mr. Huneywell (Rm. 501) to get more details and sign up!
- Aromas Days is coming up quick - stay tuned for service opportunities on that Sunday, late August.