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Simon '24

"Community service is very important to me. I like to help the community and feel part of something bigger."

The Academy believes in the importance of authentic learning and strives to teach students to give back to the community. Students in the 6-7 and 8-9 divisions participate in group community service before developing their own service projects in 10th grade.

Simon - like many students - never participated in community service before attending the Academy. After jumping in, he was hooked by the feeling of giving back and helping out in his community.

"Before sixth grade I never volunteered at anything," reflects Simon. "I'm signing up for Ronald McDonald House for volunteering, I'm doing concessions, and I'm a student ambassador."