Serving our community—both the Polaris community and that of the world outside our walls—is an important value at our school. We believe school-wide service projects and social-emotional education encourage our students to see others’ challenges as opportunities to show compassion and make a difference. Here are details on community service and social-emotional education at Polaris.
- Random Acts of Kindness
In October 2016, Polaris kicked off a school-wide social emotional program called Random Acts of Kindness (RAK). RAK is an organization that believes spreading kindness will make the world a significantly better place. We believe RAK helps our students increase their social-emotional intelligence by helping them be accountable for what they say and think as well as working to make the world a better place. It is wonderful to watch the kindness spread in our school, community and homes.
- Love and Logic
We are a Love and Logic School. We believe that students learn best in an atmosphere of mutual respect where they are able to make choices about their behavior while learning what it means to be a community and how keep in mind the needs of others. As part of Love and Logic, our staff developed a school-wide code of ethics:
- We believe that every attempt should be made to maintain the dignity of both adults and the students.
- We believe that students should be guided and expected to solve the problems without making problems for anyone else.
- We believe that misbehavior should be handled with natural consequences connected to the behavior instead of punishment whenever possible.
- We believe that each person should have the opportunity to give his or her perspective of situations when conflict arises.
Community Service Projects
- Winter 2018: The Gathering Place
In keeping with a Polaris tradition, students will be selling The Gathering Place greeting cards for $3 during lunch on Fridays in December (12/7, 12/14 and 12/21) and participating in a drive for items on their wish list. Additionally, students will be making items for The Gathering Place during classroom winter parties. All items will be delivered on 12/21 at 3:30 pm. Please sign up if you can volunteer to transport items: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0448a5a69-volunteers1
- Fall 2018: Mix It Up
This October, our Student Leadership Council will be hosting a series of Mix It Up Lunch Dates. It’s a simple call to action for all grade levels: Take a new seat in the cafeteria. By taking a risk, students can cross the lines of division in a safe, supported environment, meet new people and help build an inclusive and welcoming school community. More information about Mix It Up can be found at https://www.tolerance.org/mix-it-up.
- Spring 2018: Clothes to Kids Denver
Student Leadership Council organized the “Green” Community Service Project for Clothes To Kids Denver (CTKD). Our Polaris students donated eight carloads full of gently used clothing, coats and shoes to CTKD. Students delivered items to CTKD and helped staff sort clothing to distribute to other area school children. Below is a photo of children sorting clothing before delivering the items to the CTKD store.
- Winter 2017: The Gathering Place
Polaris students participated in the annual Holiday Giving Project to benefit The Gathering Place. Students collected non-perishable food items to stock Betsy’s Cupboard, which distributes 25 pounds of food to each of their members every month. Additionally, our students sold 300 greeting cards hand-made by women at The Gathering Place, generating over $1000 of income for the women. Below is a photo of our Polaris student leaders touring The Gathering Place when they delivered the donated items.
- Fall 2017: Spark Change for Hurricane Animals
The Polaris Student Leadership Council voted to help animals impacted by the recent hurricanes, and our students raised $1164.34 that was donated to the Humane Society Disaster Relief Fund via Polaris’ Spark Change account at Young Americans Bank. Great job students! Thank you so much for your generosity!