“We love living in New York City because people from all over the world come to live here. At The Studio School, we love to go on trips to museums and travel all around the city to make discoveries and observations, and bring back ideas to explore further in our classrooms. Another way we do this is through our Reach Out class – by giving back through service to our community.”
Through their work in Studio’s Reach Out class, students experience the impact of their services in “real world” situations, and learn how they can promote changes in society. The program requires that they engage in projects outside of school and become aware of what it entails to be in a public setting. Examples of recent projects are:
“Project Safe Flight,” a long-term study organized by the New York Audubon Society. The project gave them a wonderful opportunity to study how the population growth and structural development of New York City has impacted the migratory habits of wildlife and birds over urban centers.
“Tent City,” a model of a refugee camp, set up in Central Park by the humanitarian organization “Doctors Without Borders,” which helps victims of war and natural disasters. The middle school class toured the “city” and met and talked with volunteers who have worked with refugees. They learned what it is like for those who do not have access to medicine, food, water, or shelter and may be displaced from their home or country for long periods of time.
Westside Campaign Against Hunger, where students did community service and considered the phrase “think globally and act locally,” as they reflected on the economic and cultural differences within our own community. This led them to look at historical and environmental events in our country’s growth and development, which led to a class study of immigration in the early 20th century.
“We would like to give more students the opportunity to share their stories with us, to make discoveries and observations about themselves, our city, and our world, and to be able to explore ideas of their own in our classrooms. Please help a child by giving to our scholarship fund.”