By day, students will learn a variety of improvisations and theatre games which they will then teach to Lower School students at Shorecrest, Middle School students at Academy Prep and share with clients at P.A.R.C. in St. Petersburg. On select nights, students attend a variety of Theatre performances. Lunches should be brought from home.
A series of environmental education, awareness and clean up activities around Saint Petersburg.
Monday, 3/13 - Clam Bayou Retention Pond Cleanup (from water's edge & by rowboat), Pinellas County Solid Waste Facility Tour (3 hours of community service).
Tuesday, 3/14 - USF Clam Bayou Marine Education Center: Working with Teresa Greely, morning activities will include replacing mulch around plants, clearing beach front of invasive species and weeding. Wear appropriate clothing. Afternoon activities will include seine netting for fish counts, testing water chemistry, collecting meteorological data, sampling sediment/substrate etc. The data we collect will be added to GLOBE, an international database. (6 hours of community service).
Wednesday, 3/15 - Weedon Island: Sensing Nature will conduct a session called "Social Responsibility and Coastal Conservation," which includes an on-site litter clean-up, data gathering and related discussions about the impacts of litter. In addition we will add canoeing around Weedon Island picking up litter and learning more about the environment. Bring water-shoes or back-strapped sandals for canoeing. (6 hours of community service)
Thursday, 3/16 - Ft. Desoto: Sensing Nature will continue the session, which includes an on-site litter clean up, data gathering and related discussions about the impacts of litter. In addition we will add canoeing around Ft. Desoto picking up litter and learning more about the environment. Bring water-shoes or back-strapped sandals for canoeing. (5 hours of community service)
What to bring:
work gloves, sunscreen, bug spray, hat, water bottle. Pack a lunch and drink each day.
Dress: Dress for outdoor work, bring a pair of closed toed shoes everyday & back-strapped shoes or water shoes for canoeing (Wed/Thur)
Bus transportation provided daily from Shorecrest Campus departing at 8:30am to various work locations and back to campus by 3:30pm.
Clean-Up Pinellas and College Application Essay Work
Serve the community while preparing for college by spending much of four days learning how to compose memorable college application essays. We'll look at many examples, and you will receive feedback on your writing from your peers and from an English teacher. In the afternoons, we'll be of service to the community and the environment. We will spend at least two afternoons at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve and the rest of the week at other parks and/or beaches. Expect to write and perhaps rewrite at least two application essays and earn a minimum of 10 hours of community service by helping to keep our region's parks beautiful. Breakfast and lunches on your own.
Change The World Through Music
Change the World with Music gives students the opportunity to work with nonprofit organizations such as the Gasparilla Music Festival, Recycled Tunes, Academy Prep, and other organizations that focus on providing instruments and music education to students in need.
We will be working with Kind Mouse all week with whatever they might need: unloading food donations, helping around the warehouse and office, or packing Mouse Nibbles food bags for hungry children. Bring a lunch and drink every day.
Fur, Feathers, Fins and Friends
Fur, Feathers, Fins and Friends is a service program to benefit animals. We will be traveling to local organizations (SPCA of Tampa Bay, Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the Center for Great Apes) who provide care for wild animals and conservation of their habitat as well as adoption and care for domestic animals and homeless pets. Transportation will be arranged through small carpools from school for the local activities and by bus for those that require more distant travel.
Great Explorations Children's Museum
Explore service learning opportunities with St. Pete's Great Explorations Children's museum! Fee includes a security/background clearance for working with children. At Great Explorations Children's Museum, hands-on challenges and role-play make learning fun for kids. (Lunch is on your own that week, eateries nearby)
Habitat for Humanity
This year we will be working with Habitat for Humanity Pinellas county on two different projects: home building and working at the Habitat ReStore. Both projects will involve learning about the work and need of Habitat and building along with the potential homeowners as they complete their sweat equity. Please be open and flexible with your placement, as you are not guaranteed a worksite. Both projects are important and critical to the work done by Habitat. Pack sunscreen, water bottle, a hat, a lunch and drink every day.
Saint Vincent de Paul: Hunger and Homelessness
A group of 10 students will work on a variety of projects at Saint Vincent de Paul to benefit the homeless and hungry, including veterans. Daily bus transportation to and from Shorecrest provided.
Southeastern Guide Dogs
Students will travel to Southeastern Guide Dogs and walk the dogs in training, collect and donate materials, make puppy collars and help spread the word about the work done by SEGD. Students could be asked to help in the training kennel bathing dogs as well as help the building and grounds department (painting foot bridges and benches, weeding, budding and mulching in the rose garden or trimming hedges and plants on the puppy walking paths.) Pack a lunch and drink every day.
Students will work with residents at Sunshine Senior Center to teach essential skills of technology, Skype, social media and online safety. Pack a lunch and drink every day.
Students will work with CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse), working with families overcoming domestic violence. Pack a lunch and drink every day.
Students will design murals for CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse), working with families overcoming domestic violence. Pack a lunch and drink every day.
Make Pinellas Beautiful
Students will work with Make Pinellas Beautiful on environmental clean ups. May involve working in a beach setting. Please pack a hat, a water bottle, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, a lunch and a drink everyday.
Students will work with Farmer Ray to revitalize nearby urban gardens through learning about horticulture, native plants and farming techniques. Please pack a hat, a water bottle, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, a lunch and a drink everyday.
St. Pete Free Food Clinic
Students will work at the St. Pete Free Food Clinic, a local center dedicated to helping alleviate hunger within St. Pete. Pack a lunch and drink every day.
Students will work to rehabilitate horses within the Tampa Bay region. Pack a lunch and drink every day.
Fort De Soto
Students will help clean up Fort De Soto, including park areas and beaches. Please pack sunscreen, a water bottle, mosquito repellant, a lunch and a drink everyday.
Students will participate in the Junior Ambassadors of Goodwill (JAG) program, a service-learning leadership development program that includes learning about how Goodwill operates and various programs to help the community.