Sage Ridge students prepare to become outstanding citizens through the hundreds of hours they give each year to assist the underserved, disabled, homeless, elderly, and youth in Washoe County. Through service to others, students become aware of their own gifts and the gifts of others; the hope is that such awareness will foster a continued commitment to volunteerism. Sage Ridge School’s Community Service Program reinforces the school’s commitment to help students become empathetic, responsible and engaged members of our local community.
Sage Ridge incorporates community service in three important ways - through our Parents Association's All School Service Projects, through Lower/Middle School grade level projects, and by supporting Upper School students in their community projects.
Recent All School Service Projects
- One Warm Coat Drive for Reno Gospel Mission. 101 Coats collected in 2 days with over 70 families participating. Coats were handed out on Thanksgiving Day.
- Northern Nevada Food Bank. 3 Volunteer Dates contributing over 100 hours. Additionally, the Upper School students hosted a very successful Turkey Drive see below.
- Eddy House To Go Bags. Student teams assembled 180 To Go Bags of individually packaged snacks and drinks donated by school families.
- Rise and Dine. Three times over the past year, students and parents served over 100 meals at Rise and Dine's Saturday night's homeless dinner.
- Each spring, Sage Ridge volunteers show up to support Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful clean-up projects.
Eighth Grade Level Service Project: Bernice Mathews - Little Buddy Program
Since Sage Ridge opened its doors, the Grade 8 students have fostered mentor relationships with first graders from Bernice Mathews Elementary School. Bernice Mathews is one of about 80 elementary schools in Washoe County. The school has a population of about 780 students, 90 percent of whom are eligible for subsidized lunches and live at or below the poverty level.
Students write letters back and forth, visit one another at their schools, and attend community events together. Beginning in September, the Grade 8 students bring a new book to their first grade buddies to help develop a love of reading. They play math games and do physical activities to build a bond with their new friends. Other highlights of the year include attending a performance of The Peanutcracker: The Story in a Nutshell, interacting with exhibits at The Discovery Museum, and bird-watching at Washoe Lake State Park. Everyone convenes at Sage Ridge in May to celebrate the relationships built over the school year. Without fail, Sage Ridge students consider this program a highlight of their middle school experience.
Upper School Community Service Requirement
Community is one of the School’s five Pillars. Each year there are a variety of volunteer opportunities for all members of our community. Parents, students, and teachers are encouraged to participate throughout the year in the various drives for food, clothing, school supplies, and holiday gifts for our local families in need.
Upper School Participation Requirement
In the Upper School, students complete 25 hours of community service each year in Grades 10 – 12. Students may not receive any compensation for their service hours. Hours may be completed during the summer preceding the school year starting in July. The calendar for Community Service hours runs from August 1 to July 31, and hours completed in one calendar year may not be transferred to another calendar year. Each student is encouraged to begin contacting potential agencies early in the school year to prepare a plan that satisfies the number of hours required by the end of the year. Students and advisors are expected to work together to monitor community service hours. When students complete hours, they are to fill out a Community Service form and give it to their advisor to log in RenWeb (Service Hours). If students have questions about what might qualify for service hours, they should get approval prior to participation from their advisors and/or the Upper School Head.
Community Service Requirements:
- To be eligible to graduate, all students are REQUIRED to complete 25 service hours in each of their sophomore, junior, and senior years.
- There are no required service hours for freshmen for graduation; however, any service hours accrued during freshman year will be posted to that student’s transcript.
- To graduate with an HONORS diploma, students need to complete 50 service hours in both junior AND senior years.
- To graduate with a HIGH HONORS diploma, students need to complete 75 service hours in both junior AND senior years.
While fundraising is a form of contributing to community service, Sage Ridge emphasizes volunteering time to causes and organizations and encourages students to build relationships over time. If a community member (student, parent, employee) would like to sponsor a cause with fundraising, they need to request to do so in writing to the Development Office and have it approved before initiating any fundraising activities.