The 8th-grade community service program is dedicated to Mr. Ryder a former industrial technology teacher at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School. Mr. Ryder tragically passed away in 2010. Mr. Ryder was an avid member of the school community and advocated to help his fellow citizens. Each year our 8th-grade students complete twenty hours of community service in his honor. Students who fulfill the twenty-hour requirement, earn the right to attend the pool party and 8th-grade breakfast at the end of the school year. The Ryder community service board is posted outside the main cafeteria. Students are encouraged to check the community service board for local service opportunities. Students may elect to complete community service projects outside the school that is not posted on the Ryder board. However, these service hours should serve the local community and community agencies (Summit Library, Summit YMCA, Connection, feeding the needy, service in a local house of worship ext). Helping a family member with work or babysitting is not considered community service.
"We Give Respect, We Take Responsibility"
Guidelines: Please make sure that when you sign up for an event you SHOW UP! This is your responsibility. In the event of an emergency please contact the service project coordinator to let them know that you cannot make it.
Community Service Hours: Some postings will take place on this site. You are also encouraged to seek out your own opportunities. When you seek out community service opportunities, you should focus on helping people or an organization which is in need. As a general rule, if you are aiding someone in making a profit it is not considered community service. If you have specific questions on what will count as service, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Students may count up to 10 SERVICE HOURS from the summer of 2018 towards the 20 HOUR requirement.
The SEF grant approved "Be the Change" assembly will feature guest speaker Dr. Norma Bowe a professor, author and human rights activist at Kean University. Dr. Bowe runs an organization known as "Be the Change" which is a community activist group comprised of students from Kean as well as a volunteer from the surrounding community. The organization focuses on "Vertical Garden Peace Project" which helps create a self-sustaining compact gardening system which has reduced crime in communities which high concentrations of poverty. Additionally, the group hosts operation PB&J which feeds the homeless at Newark Penn Station on Thursday nights. There will be an opportunity for our 8th-grade students to participate in a community service project with the organization in the weeks following the assembly.
The Summit YMCA has a number of opportunities on the weekend of December 7th and 8th. They are in need of volunteers to bake 6 dozen homemade cookies.