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CAS takes a new approach to Service Day

Schein illustrates the history of the Minneapolis Foundation and its objectives.

Noah Raaum, Videographer

April 24, 2018

Students of St. Paul Academy and Summit celebrated the third bi-annual Service Day with an assembly.

Gallery: Service Day makes an impact

Senior Sami Brattland works with a partner at Lyngblomsten Retirement Community to make colorful clay beads. The beads will go to children with cancer or long-term illness around the country.

The Rubicon, Editors and Staff

March 10, 2016

St. Paul Academy and Summit School's Community Actions and Service groups organizes service day every other year.

Higher volunteering expectations needed to build student buy-in

Students are constantly wrapped up in trying to find intellecual, philosophical, and policy-based solutions to major problems in classes; as a result, they fail to recognize the change they could make with hands on volunteering in the larger communnity

The Rubicon Staff

February 12, 2015

In order to shape "the minds and the hearts of the people who will change the world," SPA must emphasize community service more than it does now.

Students decorate bags at Keystone Community Center

A group of St. Paul Academy and Summit School students head out  to a Keystone Meals on Wheels activity on Mar. 7.

John Wilhelm, News Editor

March 14, 2014

On the frigid morning of Mar. 7, a group of fourteen St. Paul Academy and Summit School students ventured to the Keystone Community Center, to adorn bags for Meals on Wheels recipients. Cold meals are packaged in uniform white paper bags, and normally delivered without any decoration. It’s not uncommon...

Habitat for Humanity’s Service Day activity provides meaningful challenge

From top left to bottom right, senior Chris Pifer, senior Vittorio Orlandi, senior Philip Swanson, senior Charlie Southwick, junior Amber Skarjune, senior Sam Carlson, junior Carrie Jaeger, junior Kevin Patterson, and junior Thomas Toghramadjian pose for a picture after a hard day of work at one of Habitat for Humanity’s St. Paul homes.

Thomas Toghramadjian, Opinions Editor

March 14, 2014

While many service opportunities offered a heartwarming opportunity to connect with children and the elderly, three groups working with Habitat for Humanity reached out to the community in a more labor-intensive—and much colder— way. Each group worked a lengthy shift, leaving school at 7:45 a.m. a...

Students spread out to see movies and support others on Service Day

Students traveled to a variety of locations for Service Day on Mar. 7.

Lucy Li, Online Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor

March 14, 2014

The day's offerings ranged from discussing media's portrayal of women to packaging food for those living countries away. The hybrid of Martin Luther King, Jr. activities and Service Day on Mar. 7 provided a sampler of lessons outside the typical classroom. "I enjoyed the opportunity to go help the...

Second graders at Community School of Excellence brighten Upper School Service Day

Upper School students color name-tags with their second grade buddies on Service Day at the Community School of Excellence in St.Paul.

Eva Perez-Greene, InDepth Editor

March 13, 2014

Volunteering at the Community School of Excellence with my peers was undoubtedly the highlight of my junior year. Who knew second graders could be so delightful? I worked one on one with my second grade buddy for the day, Kathy, a shy and very sharp girl. I helped her to understand her weekly quiz:...

Students participate in math activities and “Fred Chi” at Community School of Excellence

Senior Clare McGlincey walks past pairs of  students reading books and playing games together at the Community School of Excellence.

Hannah Johnson, Editor in Chief

March 13, 2014

With all the stresses of high school, it was nice to finally be a kid again, even if it was only for a few hours. I entered the Community School of Excellence in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul unsure of what to expect. I was nervous about what student I would be paired up with and whether or...

Volunteering at Community School of Excellence connects kids, old and young

Senior Charlie Rosenblum helps his second grade friend make a name tag.

Lucy Li, Online Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor

March 12, 2014

Hmong villages spread across the walls of a hallway at the Community School of Excellence. The detail of the homes on this mural is so precise that a keen eye can differentiate the purpose of one building from another. The Community School of Excellence is a K-8 Hmong Language & Culture IB World School...

Students “funstigate” at the Children’s Museum for Service Day

Senior Chloe White, left, volunteers at the Children's Museum for Service Day.

Ava Gallagher, Chief Visual Editor

March 11, 2014

In the lobby of the Minnesota Children’s Museum, “funstigating” is anything but a job. Blowing bubbles and throwing bouncy balls are only a few of the activities volunteers and employees take part in while walking around the entrance to the museum looking to entertain children. On Service Day,...