Service Learning is an integral part of the FIS community and curriculum. Not only does FIS have projects that support the local community, but also those that support people around the world. Service learning provides authentic learning experiences that help our students grow into adaptable, socially responsible global citizens.
We believe that everyone has a responsibility to contribute positively to society and the environment. Our service learning activities help our students develop open-mindedness, empathy and compassion for others.
Some of our service learning groups have been with the school for many years, such as the Kalahari Project that has been taking FIS students to the Kalahari desert in South Africa since 1991. However, the school also supports new student initiatives each year that may respond to a current crisis or support student passions to make a difference in the local community or the world.
Student groups are supervised by faculty sponsors and all associated fundraising is deposited and monitored by the school’s accounting office. The major event of fundraising for many of the groups is the Applefest celebration that takes place at FIS each fall with games and booths operated by student groups. Our students take great pride in their service work and learning that they can have a positive impact in our world.
As Aristotle said, “When we do good things, we become good people.”