Community and Service at Al Faris
Al Faris has always recognized the importance of teaching students the important role they have in the community through our community and service program for Grades 10-12. Students are taught to be aware of community needs, how to form an action plan for involvement and then to reflect about their contributions.
Some larger service projects are done in school; however, students are also expected to do activities on their own to fulfill required community service hours. Please see our Community and Service Handbook (link below) for more information about our program. Listed below are the projects our students have been involved in:
Healthy Lifestyle Project
High school students conducted a project about health and healthy lifestyle choices. Activities included oral presentations, stations and games. Participants gained an understanding of how to read food labels and learned about healthy snack choices and food portions. Another emphasis was weight management, including the dangers of fad dieting, healthy weight gain and weight loss.
To emphasize the importance of daily exercise, middle and high school students participated in a long-distance (2 Kilometers) walking/jogging activity. Winners were awarded medals, and participants were then given an opportunity to reflect on the importance of sport and exercise in their lives.
Breast Cancer Awareness
During the month of October, our high school girls are active participants in the global Breast Cancer Awareness campaign. Students demonstrated their creativity with stations of products (T-shirts, mugs, pens, calendars, pink ribbons, etc.) and literature promoting breast cancer issues. Funds raised from this event were donated to local breast cancer centers.
Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer affecting women worldwide, and according to the 10KSA organization, Saudi women have a higher mortality rate than most because of low screening and late diagnosis.
This year, Al Faris International joined hands with 10KSA to promote awareness, and school volunteers took part in the world’s largest humanitarian ribbon formed on December 12, 2016 at Princess Noura University.
Book Sale Project
Grade 10 students initiated and carried out a plan to sell used books, build the school’s library and raise funds for charity. The used book sale aimed to provide affordable books for readers of all ages and to encourage reading. It supplied the school’s library with more resources, and proceeds were donated to help refugees. More than 2,000 books were donated over two months.
The students gained valuable experience that made them aware of their roles as responsible individuals who are able to make difference in their community and beyond.
Reaching Out to Our Community’s Children
Middle School students visited a disabled children’s association where they spent a day with the kids. Students interacted with the children and assisted the specialists working in the center. This visit put smiles not only on the faces of the children but on those of our students as they gained a new empathy for the challenges disabled children face. Our students were inspired to provide more help in the future.
Students also volunteered at a local orphanage for more than a month. This project was a life-altering experience for many, making them more appreciative of things that they may take for granted. They also became aware of the social aspects of orphanages and how living in an orphanage can impact a child’s physical and mental health.
Art Gallery Project
A talented group of our students created an art gallery in the school’s basement. The project aimed to decorate the basement’s walls with paintings and drawings, some of which carried important messages about issues such as abuse of women, positive thinking, and the control of technology in our lives.
In Spring 2016 high school students volunteered to assist teachers to support low achievers with differentiated instruction. Students were asked to create educational activities to assist young students using materials such as books, songs and games and to help meet classroom challenges such as dealing with hyper active or weak students. This project encouraged our volunteers to participate in a new activity, learn new skills, take on a leadership role and create solutions.
In Spring 2016 our Grade 11 boys traveled to Jordan to assist refugees there. Please click the link to our video about this amazing experience for our participating students. We envision such service trips to become an integral part of our efforts to promote caring, compassion and social responsibility among our students.
Grade 9-12 students will begin participation in the Model United Nations (MUN), an extracurricular activity in many schools and universities where students assume the roles of countries and organizations represented in the United Nations in specific committees and debate about issues concerning the world. The aims of an MUN conference are to encourage debate and sharing of views among students from different schools and of different ethnicities. We’re excited about this opportunity for our students to gain an in-depth knowledge of global issues and practice their critical thinking and communication skills as well as develop an open-minded attitude.
Please click the link to our MUN Student Handbook for detailed information.
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