Community and Service @ CA 2015-16

School Mission  

Why is community and service important to Canadian Academy? Because it is built into our mission:

Canadian Academy inspires students to inquire, reflect, and choose to compassionately impact the world throughout their lives

The following three questions may help you evaluate whether an activity is service oriented and eligible under our recognition program. Answering “yes” to

the questions suggests the activity may be called a service activity:

 Does the activity go beyond ordinary school or family responsibilities?

 Was the activity performed without monetary payment?

 Did the activity provide a service to others?

*The recipients of the service could be the:

 CA community

 Local community

 Overseas community

Think Globally, Act Locally!

For guidance on Service Learning at CA, please refer to Service Learning Cycle.

Steps to Completing a Service Activity

1. If you plan a new activity, contact Ms. Nishizawa first for an approval.

2. If you are interested in an on-going activity, contact the supervisor to participate.

3. After the activity is completed, create a blog post in your mission portfolio that includes the logistics and your reflection.

4. Email the link to your blog post to your supervisor and have them comment on your blog post to verify your level of participation and assign points: within two weeks for a one-time activity such as Walk-a-Thon and within the semester for a long-term activity such as ECO club and ushering. Do NOT wait until the last minute!

Help with Writing your Service Reflections

• Why did you do this service?  How was your experience different from what you


• Which community did you serve for? How, specifically, has the community benefited?

•  What did you learn about the people/community that you served?

• How did you feel about yourself? How do you think the recipients of the service felt about you?

• Did you learn a new skill or find a new interest from the service you performed?

• What were the best and worst parts of the service?

• Describe a problem that you encountered during your service. How did you cope with it?  

• What would you like to learn more about this service or issue?

• Would you like to perform this service again? Why or why not?

• If you perform the service again, what would you do differently to make it even more effective?

• How can you educate others to raise awareness about this issue? What information can you share with your peers or community volunteers?

• How can you apply what you learned to other situations in life?

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• In what ways did the group work well together?  How could the group have worked more effectively?

• How were decisions made?  What did you think of the decision-making process?

                                                        (Northwest Service Academy, 2007)

Getting started and continuing your service blog posts

Blog Post for Service Journal in the Mission Portfolio

Your blog posts will focus on logistics and reflection and include the following information:

  1. What did you do?
  2. Which community did you serve? CA, local or overseas?
  3. What are the dates of the activity?
  4. What did you learn from this experience? What impact did your service have on others and on you?
  5. How many points did you earn for the activity?
  6. Contact your supervisor with a link to your blog post so that they can comment on your blog post and verify your points. If your supervisor is outside of CA, please ask him/her to comment on your blog post and email Ms. Nishizawa your blog link. She will give you service points.

A point is related to the hours dedicated to the service project.  A supervisor can adjust the points based on level of participation and difficulty of the task.

Finally, at the end of the year, you will have a final reflection.This reflection is mandatory in order to be eligible for the Service Award. The form will be distributed by your homeroom teacher (advisor).

  1. How successful were you in achieving your goal(s)?
  2. What was your overall contribution to others?
  3. What do these experiences mean to you?
  4. How have your service experiences impacted the way you and those you served feel about community service?
  5. Looking back on your year, how do you feel about your level of action related to service activities?

     6. How many total points did you earn this year?

To be considered for a Service Award, you need to complete 30 service points or more of service.  Submit the final reflection paper to  Mineyo-san in the counseling office by by Wednesday, May 25, 2016.