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How Things Get Done in the Real World
Resourcefulness. Being able to make a case. Aligning peoples’ interests. Sustaining a commitment. Persevering in the face of challenges. Recognizing a need. Making disciplined choices. These are the skills and habits of people who make a difference in the world, people who get things done.
When CCA or another school refers to its “service learning” curriculum or program, we indicate that we teach students not just the importance of volunteering, or even considering and serving the needs of others, but also reflecting on what is important to a person, who one is in relationship to the world around him, and strengths and opportunities he or she has. We also teach students to think critically about problems, what they stem from, and how different approaches might change the situation.
I am proud of this program and the forms of all its activities, including:
This winter, CCA students are hosting Coffee Houses to raise money for local not-for-profits and preparing for the annual Shelter from the Storm benefit concert.
These are multiple-year, sustained commitments that now raise over $20,000 a year (and over $84,000 in the last eight years.) One of the things I appreciate about the Coffee House effort is that students bring local agencies to campus to deliver their pitch for why that organization should be the recipient of the benefit fundraising. During this process, students refine their ability to discern value, purpose, and efficiency just as much as they learn about local issues affecting health, the economy, society, and our environment. They learn to make tough decisions among compelling options.
CCA actively inspires students to consider others--to listen for their voices, to see their experiences--to respect others and the complexity of a world that resists simple solutions. We teach students that learning is edifying in itself but also prepares them to do and act, to lead and rally others, and find a better way. We are teaching them how to get things done...better.
--Tom Trigg, Cape Cod Academy
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