Learning to Serve the Community

Posted on: Tue, 10/23/2018 - 09:00

The first goal of the FCPS strategic plan is to "equip each and every student to be an empowered learner and an engaged citizen to achieve a positive impact in the local and global community." Staff throughout our school system do an amazing job in modeling and encouraging service to community.

The sad truth is that almost every person knows someone whose life has been impacted by cancer. Our FCPS family has lost staff and students to this disease. Therefore, I appreciate how many of our schools and departments participate in activities to support the American Cancer Society.

Fund raising is one way that students and staff work to fight cancer.  Relay for Life events in Frederick County raised over $250,000—something the whole community can celebrate! Many of our schools have teams that participate in the Relay for Life. Other schools will sponsor "Quarters vs Cancer" activities to raise funds. Our Athletics Department was very involved in raising funds through "Coaches vs Cancer." Volunteers from the American Cancer Society were present at basketball games accepting donations from fans.

The Frederick County Association of Student Councils decided to be student leaders in community service as they vied for The Superintendent’s Cup. This esteemed award goes to the school earning the most points for supporting a selected nonprofit organization. Points are earned by raising funds and participating in marketing activities or other requests from the organization. For the last two years, the FCASC focused on support for the American Cancer Society. Congratulations to Middletown High School for earning The Superintendent’s Cup in both 2017 and 2018!

In total, Frederick County Public Schools raised nearly $30,000 for the American Cancer Society.  However, our students contribute in other meaningful activities to provide emotional support to those fighting cancer and to survivors.  Students at Lincoln ES have traditionally designed placemats for the Survivor Reception that the American Cancer Society sponsors. The survivors love the placemats so much that they often refuse to eat on them and save them as a special keepsake.  Students at North Frederick ES have designed Christmas cards to share with cancer patients. These are poignant reminders of care and support.

Students become engaged citizens when encouraged and when adults model behaviors that support our community! I have presented one example of our students and staff demonstrating a positive impact on the community. 

There are many other examples! I hope you will share some of them with me on Twitter @FCPSMDSuper. And if you enjoyed this post, please feel free to share it on Facebook or Twitter.