Every other Wednesday during the school year, all students in the Upper School are required to participate in acts of community service. These days of service are what define Stone Ridge’s Social Action Program. Students from each grade will contribute to the community in different ways each year of their Upper School experience.
All First Academic students take part in six Social Action rotations during the school year, each bounded by the six faces of social action. These rotations include childcare and elementary education, care for the mentally and physically challenged, care and concern for the elderly, care for the impoverished, care for the environment, and human rights development. First Academic students will also learn to be CPR certified.
First Academic students are led each week by Social Action Leaders (SALS) who teach their about group members about the six basic categories of community service. Each category takes two Social Action days to complete. On day one, students will learn about their rotation’s issue and what they can do to help. On day two, they will go forth into the greater community and act upon what they have learned about the issue. For example, the rotation focused on care for the environment might spend the day cleaning and beautifying a park.
At the end of each Social Action day, all Upper School students will meet in a designated room with a designated group of people known as their Reflection Group. In these small groups of about ten to fifteen students accompanied by a faculty advisor, individuals will share their day’s experiences with the rest of the group. Each reflection meeting will end with a prayer.