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May 7, 2013 > Dock-walking, a lesson in community service

Dock-walking, a lesson in community service

Submitted By Sarah Buzsaki

When you think of a high school, certain things come to mind, and community service isn't necessarily one of them. But at Alsion Montessori Middle/High School, it is. Alsion's principles of community values have created a tradition of service. Ninth grade students are given the responsibility to plan a weekend, including community service and a semi-formal dinner. This year, our class traveled to Santa Cruz to learn how to become "dock-walkers." Every year, students select a project that correlates with our studies. We picked dock-walking as part of our year of AP Environmental Science.

Dock-walkers educate boaters about sustainable practices that prevent accidental oil spills. They distribute information and equipment to raise awareness and practice safe boating. Our group attended a training program and decided to get involved. In addition to the training and volunteer activities, lodging, accommodations, and activities were planned by students.

Our Alsion Montessori education encourages us to assume responsibility for our own actions and help others through connections between the environment and our community. We live this philosophy through multiple projects such as the community service weekend. Not only do service projects such as this help the environment but they also give us the opportunity to bond together and with nature.

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