Rancho Santa Fe School celebrates Community Service Learning Acts of Kindness Program


“I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion then it then it will start a chain reaction of the same.”

— Rachel Joy Scott

The R. Roger Rowe School celebrated its first year of community service learning this past week in a huge celebration of kindness. On June 7, the students attended an assembly and watched a powerful music and video presentation which visually depicted all of the many good deeds performed throughout the year. By the time the children graduate they will have worked in all areas of philanthropy, including the military, seniors, animals, the environment, underprivileged families, and global needs.

A skit was performed by the newly created Change the World lunch club. It reminded everyone of the many ways that children can help to change the world by just being kind to one another and to the community at large.

During the celebration the students presented backpacks and school supplies, collected from their school-wide drive. These were presented to New Alternatives, a not-for-profit agency that supports foster children.

The Middle School students, who serve as role models for the K-6 grade students, acknowledged all of their philanthropy work this year. They challenged the younger students to continue doing all of the great acts of kindness and to make doing for others a lifestyle.

In conclusion, every act of kindness performed in every classroom throughout the year, was noted by a link on a chain. The powerful ceremony ended with all of the grades coming together, to attach their individual chains to create one long chain which dramatically wrapped around their school gym twice.

The school looks forward to continuing its community service program for years to come and hopes that other schools will follow its example and start a chain reaction of the same.