iving back to the community and society is a philosophy deeply ingrained in the Oakridge way of life. Our students, faculty and staff members never miss an opportunity to volunteer their resources and time to society. Our belief is that community service is learning by doing, experiencing, caring for members of the local and global community and demonstrating this by personal commitment towards making a difference to the lives of others.
We want our students to grow up to be successful, purposeful members of society; to make meaningful contributions towards the development of the economically deprived strata of our society. Instead of taking the theoretical approach to service leadership, we look for opportunities for our students to engage in hands-on community service. Following are some of the activities that they engage in each term:
- Spoorthi: Under the Spoorthi umbrella, the students teach the children of Oakridge's sahayak staff. Our students spend their weekends fruitfully engaged in teaching these children life skills and conversational English skills. They also assist them with their lessons in Mathematics, Science and Social Sciences.
- CAS or Creativity, Activity and Service: True to the spirit of an IB school, Oakridge has a strong CAS program which encourages students to take community service projects, and undertake CAS trips. Our students have contributed towards Habitat homes in villages of Karjat, Pondicherry and Araku Valley as part of these CAS trips. They have led awareness campaigns for various causes such as "Swachh Bharat", "Save the Girl Child", "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle"
- Run a kitchen for orphanages for a day: Students are encouraged to contribute kitchen supplies and run a kitchen for a day for the children of an orphanage. This establishes a sense of giving back and responsibility within them.
- Visit Old age homes or special needs facilities: Often times, senior citizens in nursing homes and old age homes do not get as many visits from family members as they wish. They often feel lonely and sad. Our students organize day outings for them with games, food and entertainment. This is a great way to spread cheer to our local elderly community!
- Teach govt school children and organize sports day events for them: With less than adequate facilities in govt schools, there is immense potential to make a meaningful impact in their lives. Our students take extra classes for them and arrange sports day and day outings, which are well appreciated by them.
Visit our success stories section to know more about each of our programs.