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ACT

for Education: Shining a Light on Student Service in our Community


Aggregate Data Results: October 1, 2015

OBJECTIVE of Data Collection Survey Project:


To demonstrate thatin addition to our schools outstanding academic programs
students in our local public school districts are PREPARED and EMPOWERED to be
contributing members in a global society as a result of the service and citizenship rooted in
our schools. This initiative also MEASURES and SHOWCASES the breadth and impact our
schools create through their ongoing COMMUNITY SERVICE, which is linked to the concept
of Service Learning and evidenced by lifelong civic engagement.

Survey Timeline:

All school districts in the Monroe 1 and Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES districts and
Rochester City School District were invited to participate in the survey in June 2015.
Participants were asked to take the survey and submit data for activities that
occurred in the 2014-15 academic year.

Participant Guidelines:

Participants were advised, This survey is not intended to create competition between
classes, buildings, or districts. Once the data is entered, it will be compiled into an
aggregate report that illustrates the COMBINED hours, dollars, donations, and services
that have been given back to the community thanks to our students.
For the purposes of this survey, fundraisers or activities that generated internal
benefit for classes or schools were NOT included. The focus was exclusively giving
back to the community.

Participant Response:

88 participants took part in this survey and checked a total of 139 building grade
levels
It is noted that survey participation suggested even distribution across age levels.


Building grade level

Primary (pre-2)
Intermediate (3-5)
Middle school (6-8)
9th grade only
High school (9-12)

* Some buildings house more than one


level and therefore checked multiple
boxes. 37% of participants checked
more than 1 box.

Number of
participants*
35
36
26
2
40
139 * (88 total participants)

Percentage of
participants *
40%
41%
30%
2%
46%
122%*

A Community Together (ACT) for Education is an unprecedented initiative by public schools in the public
schools in Monroe 1 and Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES districts, area businesses, and community members.
To learn more about ACT for Education, visit www.actforeducation.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Survey Snapshot: By the Numbers

please see the attached sample survey for complete categories and options

Total money raised by survey participants in the 2014-15 year:


$545,000*

Example categories:

Activity
Total money raised
Median amount raised
Jump Rope for Heart
$260,000
$8,222
Faculty/student games
$32,158
$1500
Relay for Life
$6580
$1000

* The United Way reported that school district staff also gave back to the community in
2014-15 by donating over $722,000. Together, students and staff raised $1,267,000 for the
community in 2014-15.

Total hours volunteered:
105,430 hours
= 12 years or
= 51 Fulltime jobs

Activity
Total hours volunteered
Median hours volunteered
Food bank or cupboard
5397
100
Tutoring
5639
100
Special Olympics
1912
25

Total items collected or made:
80,750 items





Activity
Total items collected
Median items collected
Stuff a bus food collection 26,450
1000
Book drive
5075
500
Holiday cards
4837
300

Samples of Special Events that were individually submitted:

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Students raised money to help build a school in Nicaragua. Second grade students made their
own products to sell at the holiday time, raising $250. Another class collected school supplies.
A handful of students from the elementary, middle and high school accompanied the principal
to Nicaragua to help build the school.

Fifth grade students learned about Lesotho, Africa from a local Rotarian and retired teacher.
They created lessons for the rest of the fifth grade to teach others about this area. Students also
made bracelets to sell to raise money to send to the children in Lesotho.

A Community Together (ACT) for Education is an unprecedented initiative by public schools in the public
schools in Monroe 1 and Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES districts, area businesses, and community members.
To learn more about ACT for Education, visit www.actforeducation.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Two fifth grade students completed a passion project on Elephant welfare. As a result of their
research, they sold elephant beads to raise money for the International Elephant Foundation
and were featured in their most recent publication.

School-wide blood drives for the Red Cross involved over 120 students from two schools.

Students made blankets and pillowcases that were donated to sick children at Strong Memorial
Hospital as part of our Enrichment Clusters activities.

Our students worked with Monroe County's Center for Youth to create and run an inter-
generational scavenger hunt at Seneca Park Zoo.... this involved over 30 of our students.

Peanut Butter and Jelly factory: 400 sandwiches!

Community reader programbringing youth and senior citizens together to read the same
literature.


National Research:


https://www.serviceleader.org/volunteers/familyvolunteering#3c
A survey conducted by Westat, Inc. for Independent Sector found that not only are adults
who volunteered during their childhood much more likely to continue volunteering into
adulthood, but also donate more and a larger percentage of their income annually as adults.
http://www.civicyouth.org/quick-facts/volunteeringcommunity-service/
Students who participated in school required community service were 22 percentage points
more likely to graduate from college than those that did not and were more likely to have
improved their Reading, Math, Science, and History scores.

Similarly, students who performed voluntary community service were 19 percentage points
more likely to graduate from college than those that did not.

http://youth.gov/youth-topics/service-learning/what-are-benefits-service-learning:
Community service improves social skills, allows for networking
Better cooperation in the classroom
Improved psychological well-beingbetter self esteem
Communities see youth in a new way (way to improve the way adults perceive youth morals)
https://dosomething-a.akamaihd.net/sites/default/files/blog/2012-Web-Singleview_0.pdf:
By city type, young people living in rural areas and suburbs are equally likely to have
volunteered (53.6% and 53.3% respectively), but young people living in cities are the most
likely to have volunteered (58.2%).
Those who volunteer score 24% higher on a life satisfaction scale, which consisted of five
statements, such as In most ways my life is close to ideal, to which respondents indicated
their level of agreement
Those who volunteer score 24% higher on a civic engagement scale, which consisted of four
statements, such as It is important to me to contribute to my community and society, to
which respondents indicated their level of agreement
Young people who text frequently are more likely to fundraise (23.2%) than those who

frequently go online (20.7%)


A Community Together (ACT) for Education is an unprecedented initiative by public schools in the public
schools in Monroe 1 and Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES districts, area businesses, and community members.
To learn more about ACT for Education, visit www.actforeducation.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.