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the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Engagement Guide
AIM Students participate in a variety of service opportunities throughout the year. These have included everything from raising money for a local animal shelter, to an urban expedition with Baltimore Outward Bound, to cleaning and greening local parks, to working on site with children in schools in Belize and the Dominican Republic, to helping save over-poached sea turtles in Costa Rica.
Service Learning is more than just a means to capture the phrase “hands-on learning”. It provides relevancy, builds empathy, generates community and gives students a voice. The Service Learning program at AIM has three main goals:
Live It To Learn It: To provide students with relevant hands-on learning experiences both locally and globally.
Local and Global Citizenship: To instill students with a sense of social responsibility thereby fostering an understanding of themselves as local and global citizens.
Multicultural Pride and Understanding: To empower students to take purposeful action in their learning as they broaden their understanding of cultures and lifestyles.
To create meaningful and reciprocal experiences for our students, AIM has developed a portfolio of community partners from the Philadelphia area and beyond.
A sample of AIM community partners includes:
Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail and Friends of the Manayunk Canal:
Students provide hours of maintenance to these local green spaces while learning about the beauty and advantages these spaces provide to the residents of the community.
Students gain tremendous insight into the challenges that face homeless residents of Philadelphia. Students provide food, clothing and volunteer hours for Project HOME which has led to a fruitful relationship for both the non-profit and AIM students.
SHARE Food Program:
This partnership has provided students with countless hours of high quality learning surrounding the advantages of local food supplies and the necessity of the infrastructure needed to provide its participants with food options.
Our growing number of partnerships also includes the SPCA, The Riverbend Center, Friends of Gorgas Park, Henry’s Got Crops, The Seaport Museum, The Starfinder Foundation and the Morris Arboretum.
Each Spring, Upper School students have the option to participate in service-based travel. Students have supported schools and local health initiatives in the Dominican Republic, Belize and Panama. They also worked side by side with ecologists on the beaches of Costa Rica to help protect a rare and endangered breed of sea turtle.