New Upper School Community Service Plan In Effect

By Ben Waitches-Eubanks '17

On Tuesday, the Upper School students flowed into the Cabell Center to hear about new changes to the community service plan. Junior class presidents Isabel Rooper ‘16 and Connor Ford ‘16, introduced the plan and explained the guidelines, which includes a proposal of a project due from each student in 21 days.

To meet the requirements of the plan, students will design a project that follows a theme throughout the year individually or with other students collaboratively.

Ford and Rooper commented on their aspirations for the plan saying, “We hope this program will help to cultivate a culture on Catlin Gabel’s campus which embodies and encourages service learning.”

Although the presidents’ hopes are high, some students are voicing concerns. Reuben Schafir ‘17 mentioned that he was “feeling confused” about where to start on his proposal, and several other students commented that they didn’t know what their project would entail.

Luckily, many students are stepping up to the plate and creating projects that others can join.

Each student recieved a green form to fill out and return to their advisors in the next few weeks. (Photo: Ben Waitches-Eubanks '17)

Each student recieved a green form to fill out and return to their advisors in the next few weeks. (Photo: Ben Waitches-Eubanks ’17)

Along with other peers, Brendan Attey ‘15 designed his project to incorporate a large group of students assisting the Oregon Food Bank.

Ford and Rooper recognized that the new community service plan could still be improved with even more hard work.

They explained, “Although we succeeded in the passing of our proposal, we both feel there is yet much work to be done. We are fully committed to serving on our newly-formed community service committee, and are excited to see what our peers can accomplish in the service realm.”