An integral part of school life at Drona's International School is community service that helps shape well-rounded individuals like nothing else can. It is the most important way in which our students learn to look beyond themselves, to develop the capacity for empathy, acceptance and grace, and to take an active role in positively shaping their community. Our students participate in service-related activities in a variety of ways, all of which are age-appropriate.
Why is Community Service so important for our students? It is because....
SERVICE LEARNING HAS BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH ACADEMIC GAIN:Students who participate in community service learning tend to do better in school. It is believed that community service is somewhat of a missing link for students, giving them the chance to apply what they've learned in the classroom to real human needs. Volunteering is a great way to follow up on and supplement subjects that have been covered in the classroom.
STUDENTS OFTEN EXPERIENCE AN INCREASED SENSE OF SELF-EFFICACY:Students who do community service work learn that they can actually make a difference with what they do. This helps students understand their own competence better, leading to more self-confidence and a can-do attitude that can spread to their work and academic pursuits.
COMMUNITY SERVICE IS A GREAT PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILL BUILDER:Students participating in community service are often faced with challenges and tough problems to tackle. By working through them as a volunteer, they learn how to solve problems better, and enjoy the satisfaction of overcoming a hurdle.
VOLUNTEERING MAKES STUDENTS MORE ATTRACTIVE TO POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS:Taking part in community service teaches students skills that are valuable to employers, like problem solving, teamwork, and the ability to follow instructions. Volunteering is especially valuable when it is related to a student's future career.
STUDENTS CAN ENJOY EXCELLENT NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES:Community service opens students up to a wealth of networking opportunities, allowing them to build new relationships within their community as they contribute. Students can meet new people, work with new organizations, and strengthen their ties to the community.
STUDENTS FIND A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY AND PRIDE:As students work within their community, they learn that they can be responsible for making great things happen. This helps to build a sense of responsibility in students, and a sense of pride when they see what they've done is actually helping others.
COMMUNITY SERVICE BRINGS LEARNING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM:Volunteering allows students to take what they've learned and apply it beyond the classroom. This offers the opportunity for enrichment and a great way for them to see how concepts they've learned work in the real world.
VOLUNTEERING OFFERS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SKILL BUILDING:Participating in community service allows students to build upon their existing skill sets. As students work in a real-life setting, they can use volunteering projects to explore and improve upon existing skills. Students can explore potential careers and find out what they need to develop in order to work in the field.
VOLUNTEERING IS ONE BIG TEAM BUILDING OPPORTUNITY:As students work in community service programs, they'll learn how to better work in teams. Often, students will also learn to develop leadership skills as well. This is valuable not just for schoolwork, but for higher education, careers, and further community involvement.