upper school cOMMUNITY SERVICES
Graded offers an engaging Community Service Program designed to enrich the educational experience of students and assist the community at large in searching for meaningful solutions to various social problems. In doing so, it is our mission to create awareness, stimulate reflection, and motivate students to practice citizenship. In Grade 11 and 12, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program students participate in the IB Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) program. CAS provides students with the opportunities to enhance their personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning. Students are actively involved in developing service projects to make a meaningful contribution to their community and society.
HS Community Service Coordinator: Kirsty Wilkinson
MS Community Service Coordinator: Sandra Greenwald
Minimum number of students to confirm a group: 5
Maximum number of students per group: 30
Baking for All is designed to empower students to exercise their creativity while at the same time helping our community service program. Students will learn how to bake and decorate their cupcakes during lunch on Thursdays at the Student Center. Students will then sell their creations to support other programs with the funds raised: Camp Caritas, Casa Maria Helena, GAA, Elderly Home, or any other that requires funds.
Bricks for Community is a community service that strives to make São Paulo and the surrounding area a better place for its citizens by inviting students to take action and make a difference in the lives of others. Previous work-related sightings include, but are not limited to; aiding with restaurant constructions, classroom repair such as wall painting, and reconstruction of shelters. This group is also responsible for the organization of Zombie Zoo, a semi-annual night of performances by the students that fundraises for Bricks' causes.
This group gives support to Casa Maria Helena Paulina
, a shelter for children from North and Northeast of Brazil, who come to São Paulo for cancer treatment. Support comes in different forms: students play with the children, organize clothes' bazaars, and collect money for the House among other initiatives.
This group receives 25 kids from ages 5 to 10 from Cáritas João Paulo II, and entertain them in the Lower School facilities in partnership with the team of middle schoolers. The objective is to promote interaction through learning and playing activities.
An internet based tool that promotes and facilitates the connection between donors (people that want to donate anything ) and NPOs (people that need that donation).
Do Something is an AASSA Award Winning club, based on the non-profit organization of the same name, which consists of members who take action on an array of topics, including mental and physical health, the environment, poverty, and social issues. It empowers members to make a positive impact in their community.
This group assists twelve women living in Lar Abrigo Novo Pentecostes. Our students gain much by talking and listening to stories of their lives while keeping them company. This is an amazing life experience for the students to exchange experiences with older people from very different social and economic backgrounds.
Graded GIN is a dynamic student group dedicated to working on Graded’s campus to solve a few of the 20 problems outlined in J.F. Richard’s book High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them. The purpose of the worldwide chapter of GIN is “to empower young people to collaborate locally, regionally and globally to create sustainable solutions for global issues.” Graded’s GIN strives daily to meet this purpose.
FALA (Friendship and Language Acquisition) is a language school where classes are taught by High School students. Graded students undergo a training program to learn how to teach English, evaluate student strengths and weaknesses, and be successful in the classroom. On Saturdays during the school year, these students teach English to over 200 economically disadvantaged people. Many of them are family members of the school support staff. Others are from poor neighborhoods. But FALA is not all work. "Friendship" is a key element to the program. Life-changing relationships are fostered between Graded teaching students and their FALA students. To join contact Mr. Marcello Bulgarelli, Ms. Sandra Greenwald, and Ms. Aline Poliana to start the application process.
Graded students and teachers work together in partnership with various animal rescue NGO's, including Mata Ciliar, which is an organization that rehabilitates injured or abused wild animals in order for them to be released back into the wild, and AILA, which is a large animal shelter that provides life care and adoption services for more than 2,000 abandoned and/or abused domesticated animals (primarily dogs and cats). GAA's ongoing support of these organizations includes fundraising, promoting the neutering of dogs and cats, building enclosures, and providing volunteers for adoption fair.
Graded's Entrepreneurial Enterprise is a student-led group that strives to be a financial support group for Graded's community service programs. By motivating a creative group of students to critically develop effective fundraisers, GEE simultaneously instills in them a social-entrepreneurial spirit and a sense of awareness to the meaningful causes defended by the Graded community. These funds are then redistributed to any community service group in need, upon request. We adopt this mission to create and sustain social value and pursue opportunities to serve it, while continuously adapting and learning.
Harmony is a community service group which promotes the teaching of music. Graded students give less privileged kids from Cáritas a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to use Graded facilities for making music and learning music. Every Thursday at 3:15 pm in the Ensemble Room. Requirements: proficiency at guitar, drums, or piano, teaching and managing kids aged 10-14, and commitment to the activity.
The goal is to help underprivileged children express themselves and release stress through art. Each lesson will encompass a broad activity that allows for the students to include a certain extent of individuality in their work, and yet still follow a pattern.
The goal of Learning Actively with Fun and Friends (LAFF) is to create an active environment where kids can interact with each other creatively to solve problems. LAFF strives to incorporate fun and educational practices in their relationship with kids from Cáritas Santa Suzana to build leadership skills, and develop the skill of working in teams.
This group is affiliated with the Brazilian service group of the same name. This group collects books written in Portuguese and organizes them for redistribution with the final goal of connecting people through reading and bettering the educational system in Brazil.
The goal of this activity is to encourage small children to participate in STEM activities and create a natural curiosity learning profile.
Caritas Teen is an activity which aims to proportionate a non-academic, light, and enjoyable environment for the adolescents coming from Caritas. The main objective of the club is to take kids away from academic related stress, and weekly provide a new type of activity that all of them are going to be able to enjoy. The activities may vary from sports, arts, and music.
Graded Soccer Cares is a community service activity where we invite children from poor communities around Graded to have fun playing soccer. Our goal is to provide a safe environment where young children can practice soccer and have fun.
GSR aims to improve the emotional and mental wellness of Graded students. It's okay to talk about not being okay. GSR seeks to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and to promote the normalization of mental health issues, so that students are more accepting to knowing that it's positive to be aware of your own mental health, rather than ignoring it. GSR also wishes to provide a welcoming place for every student to open up and talk about their concerns, whether about school stress, not feeling the best lately, or merely just wanting to know more about the topic.