SERVICE LEARNING

Putting others before themselves from a young age, SAS students from kindergarten to grade twelve take part in service learning opportunities in school, in their community, and in regional and global communities. They find meaning in benefiting others when they brainstorm, research, interview, plan activities, build connections, and contribute to communities’ areas of need.

Service learning is integrated into our kindergarten to eighth grade curriculum, and our students themselves have initiated over 40 high school service clubs. Six passionate elected students guide all high school service clubs by serving on our Executive Service Council. Students who join these clubs develop skills such as taking initiative, collaborating, organizing, and implementing. Encouraged to initiate their own service learning projects, they work on valuable life skills and towards becoming responsible, enlightened, and reflective global citizens.

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International Coastal Cleanup

For the past 16 years, SAS students and teachers have been giving up a Saturday every September for the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore. Two years ago, 63 participants from SAS collected 68 bags of trash weighing 542 kg in total. 542 kg of trash, all in the space of 200 meters!

Last …

Posted by in Service Learning on Thursday September 1, 2016
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SAS: An Education For Life

 

Right now, I’m vicariously reliving senior year at SAS through my sister – the juggling of homework and quizzes, and most prominent of all, the college application talk. While watching her, I realize that I went through the daily motions of school without realizing how much …

Posted by in Service Learning on Tuesday August 23, 2016
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Finance 515: Parent Volunteers, Making the Difference

Many SAS parents make vital contributions to Singapore American School by volunteering their time and skills in classrooms and activities. We want to recognize all that our parent volunteers do throughout the year. Each one plays an important part in creating our culture of extraordinary care and …

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School Finance 513: Community Outreach and Environmental Initiatives at SAS

William Scarborough



Singapore American School's commitments to service learning and environmental responsibility affect the broader community. This article presents a brief summary of information found in the comprehensive
SAS Community Impact Statement.

SAS service learners and volunteers contribute to …

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100 WOMEN WHO CARE: SINGAPORE CHARTER

What can $100 do?

It can provide dozens of Tubs of Love to low-income mothers leaving the hospital with their newborns, offering desperately needed supplies in Singapore.

It can feed 300 displaced, injured, and homeless foreign workers for two full weeks in Singapore.

It can offer …

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Happy Earth Day

 

Happy Earth Day 2016! Every April 22nd, people around the world take time to celebrate the environment and reflect on how humans can better care for our increasingly stressed planet. At Singapore American School, we promote environmental responsibility year-round by educating our …

Posted by in Service Learning on Saturday April 23, 2016
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Sweat-soaked, sunburnt, and saving the environment

The Teacher Perspective: Martha Began

 

High school students recently participated in a thoroughly successful Advanced Placement Environmental Science (APES) Rainforests to Reefs Ecological Survey learning experience in Pulau Tioman, March 17-21, 2016. They have much for which to be …

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Baseball Gives Back

  

When people think about baseball, they do not actually think about community service. But this past December, that is exactly what happened.

Each year, the Singapore American School Community Sports and Activities (CSA) head baseball coach organizes the opportunity for…

Posted by in Service Learning on Wednesday March 16, 2016
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Building Beauty

 

 

For Bianca Antonio, the combination of advanced mathematics and progressive art was the perfect equation for a beautiful future. At Singapore American School, Bianca discovered the intersection of her passions in a structural engineering class. As a member of the Gawad Kalinga and …

Posted by in Service Learning on Monday February 15, 2016
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Rose Grams

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and what better way is there to show your love for someone than by sending them a rose?

Students Against the Violation of the Environment (SAVE Club) has been selling rose grams for as long as I can remember. I love that we do this, because …

Posted by in Service Learning on Tuesday January 26, 2016
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Cathy Berger Kaye Tackles Service Learning

When asked, "Where do you live?" Cathy Berger Kaye often answers, "In Los Angeles and airports." As an award-winning author and president of CBK Associates and ABCD Books, Cathy spends over 180 days each year travelling the globe to deliver keynote speeches and offer training centered on the…

Posted by in Service Learning on Monday January 18, 2016
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Cancer Awareness Run

 

 

 

A run that will last 90 minutes has taken two months of planning! This year, the annual SAS Cancer Awareness Run will be held on December 18, the last day of school before winter break, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. The run will start in Gym 2A and end in the baseball/softball …

Posted by in Service Learning on Monday December 7, 2015
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Running in a garden for 24 hours


Event: 24 Hour Race
Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Venue: Gardens by the Bay, East Garden, Promenade Lawn, Singapore
Directions: Click here. Enter via the East Entrance.
Route length: 1.4 kilometers (0.869 miles)
Duration: Runners will run in an endurance relay-style race for 24 hours around the…

Posted by in Service Learning on Thursday November 12, 2015
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CAMBODIAN SCHOLARS LEARN ENGLISH VIA SKYPE

 

“Sing a song!” The hesitant but gleeful shout came from a young Cambodian girl, smiling timidly at her desk near the back of a naturally-lit classroom.

“I had been standing at the blackboard, facing about twenty pairs of wide eyes on expectant faces,” recalls …

Posted by in Service Learning on Friday October 23, 2015
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Wildlife SOS

On September 3, Global Issues Network invited Mr. Kartick Satyanarayan and Ms. Geeta Seshamani, founders of Wildlife SOS India, to kick off the club’s yearly Guest Speaker Series. Wildlife SOS, an organization which takes action against animal cruelty, was established in 1985 by a small …

Posted by in Service Learning on Saturday September 5, 2015
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River Swim Raises Awareness About Drowning Danger in Cambodia

On Sunday, April 26, eight SAS teachers and one student braved the current and water quality of the mighty Mekong River just outside of Phnom Penh, Cambodia and swam the nearly 800 meters from one side to the other. The SAS group participated in the 19th Annual Mekong River Swim.

Robert Landau,…

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Joy in the Congo

By: Maria V., Grade 8 Student

Joy in the Congo Tuba

According to Webster’s Dictionary, the definition for music is, “the science of ordering tones or sounds in succession…” But music is so much more than that. Music is an art; it is beauty and emotion that soothes hearts. Music can make …

Posted by Kyle Aldous on Wednesday May 6, 2015
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Service Learning in Our Community and Abroad

By: Scott Oskins, Grade 8 Social Studies Teacher

Caring for Cambodia Trip 2014-15

The eighth grade has a long-standing tradition of service in our Singapore community and within the region of Southeast Asia. Currently, service learning is embedded within the home base curriculum in order to give each eighth grader a common …

Posted by Kyle Aldous on Sunday April 26, 2015
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Caring for Cambodia's Exciting Year: From SAS Volunteers to First Lady Michelle Obama

By: Sarah Farris, Elementary Counselor for Grades K to 2 and CFC Volunteer

Michelle Obama helping with Caring for Cambodia

Caring for Cambodia (CFC) was started in 2003 by former SAS parent, Jamie Amelio. CFC has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception, and it would not have been possible without the grassroots efforts of the SAS …

Posted by Kyle Aldous on Monday March 30, 2015
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World Down-Syndrome Awareness Day

By: Visionary Club Officers

“Chromosomes should not determine the value of a life.”Anonymous 

World Down-Syndrome Awareness Day 2015

The Visionary Club is an SAS service club that aims to enrich the lives of the visually, hearing, and intellectually impaired through artistic endeavours. We believe that everyone has …

Posted by Kyle Aldous on Friday March 20, 2015
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Walking Across One Country to Change Another

By: Bryanna E., Sophie W., and Sabrina S., Grade 8 Students

 Walk for Water

Amongst laughter, cheers, and shouts of joy, over eighty Singapore American School students walked, ran, and dragged themselves across the finish line of Walk For Water 2015. The sun was shining, music pumping, and everyone, …

Posted by Kyle Aldous on Friday March 6, 2015
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Jumpathon

By: Jee Young Kim, Grade 5 Teacher

The fifth grade on February 6 participated in their annual Jumpathon. They spent time in the morning jumping in the elementary gym for a good cause. All the funds raised were donated to Tabitha. The fifth grade presented $13, 725.85 to Janne Ritskes, the founder…

Posted by Kyle Aldous on Saturday February 7, 2015
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Easy-Peasy Lemon-Squeezy!

By: Heidi L'Heureux, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

 

The annual pre-kindergarten lemonade sale service project was again a huge success. The students, acting as young entrepreneurs, were enthusiastic and motivated as they earned money for various charities. A total of $1,050 was raised and …

Posted by Kyle Aldous on Tuesday February 3, 2015
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SAS Project India

SAS Project India Club members worked with 116 elementary children at a village school located about two hours drive from New Delhi, India. The elementary program is one of 80-plus schools in remote parts of India and Thailand that are sponsored by the Free Schools Literacy organization founded by…

Posted by Kyle Aldous on Wednesday January 14, 2015
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Brightening Children's Days at Ronald McDonald House

By: Olivia P., Grade 8 Student

Ronald McDonald House Service project

The only thing potentially worse than watching an adult relative sick in the hospital with a deadly disease is having a child suffer through it – to witness them whiling away their days in confinement and not having the opportunity to receive an education with…

Posted by Kyle Aldous on Wednesday December 31, 2014
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