Lower School Students Put Service Learning in Action

The Ross School motto, “Know Thyself in Order to Serve,” is deeply ingrained into the student experience. Service learning, or the experience of learning through helping others, is one of the ways students cultivate interpersonal skills, a sense of empathy, and an understanding of their ability to make a difference in the world around them. Continue reading

Rescued Animals Inspire Service at Lower School


Ross Lower School took a walk on the wild side this week with a visit from the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center. Home to Eastern Long Island’s only wildlife hospital, the nonprofit organization rescues roughly 1,000 injured birds, mammals, and reptiles annually. The visit was orchestrated by longtime organization volunteer Diane Marxe (grandmother to Isabella H. ’22 and Emme H. ’28), who was present to share in the children’s joy at seeing some of the group’s exotic bird rescues. Continue reading

Lower School Students Help Fight Food Insecurity with Empty Bowls Project


Ross School parents and students gathered before winter break to participate in the Empty Bowls Project, an international, grassroots, crafts-based initiative to fight hunger and raise awareness of poverty. Participants create handmade bowls, then supporters are invited to a simple lunch during which they may purchase bowls. The proceeds from the sale of the bowls are donated to local food charities. Continue reading

Making a Difference with Senior Projects

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Community service and engagement play a significant role in the Ross School philosophy. The motto “Know Thyself in Order to Serve” reflects the school’s commitment to preparing students for meaningful lives and leadership in the global community. Several members of the Class of 2017 used their Senior Projects as a means to raise awareness and support for societal issues like homelessness, endangered species, and physical disability.

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Personal Experience Turns Survivor into Activist


According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, roughly 20 to 30 percent of women experience sexual violence in their lifetime. Nearly two-thirds of assaults go unreported, due in part to the stigma surrounding rape. In light of these unnerving statistics, Ross School senior Amanda Mintz has devoted her Senior Project to raising awareness about sexual assault through education.

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Ross School Students Pay It Forward


Throughout the school year, Ross School students participate in service initiatives targeted to fill both local and global needs. From raising money for local food pantries and sustainability programs designed to restore shellfish populations to volunteering time to help wounded wildlife, their commitment is making a difference. The most recent example is the fourth grade’s “Generated by Love: Pay It Forward” project. Continue reading

Ross School Service Learning Project Supports Island Harvest


On February 13, students, families, and friends gathered in the Field House to celebrate the Lower School’s service learning project in support of Island Harvest, Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization. Inspired by the Ross motto, “Know Thyself in Order to Serve,” all Lower School students created jewelry pieces that reflect their cultural history studies. Proceeds from the sale of the items were donated to help fight hunger.

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