At Holton, you’ll come to truly know your SELF so that you can best contribute to your COMMUNITY and make a vital impact on the WORLD.
At Holton, we encourage students to use critical thinking skills to creatively solve problems. We cultivate curiosity, examine injustices, and leverage students' knowledge so that they can actively engage in their communities with empathy, courage, and shared responsibility. By applying classroom knowledge and content to meet authentic community needs, our students become knowledgeable, willing, and eager participants in our social fabric. We ask students to collaborate with communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. Using this definition of community engagement the school has set the following program objectives:
Goal 1: Creative and Critical Thinking
- Students can formulate questions to seek a clear understanding of a problem.
- Students apply problem-solving processes to develop solutions to simple and complex problems.
- Students build on others’ ideas and add new ideas of their own to innovate or solve problems.
Goal 2: Local, National, and Global Engagement
- Students research local, national, or global topics, issues, or events to generate significant questions.
- Students examine multiple conditions and forces that affect local, national, and global topics, issues, and events.
- Students can explain local, national, and global governmental processes.
- Students reflect upon how they participate in local, national, and global systems.
Goal 3: Social Justice
- Students recognize that power and privilege influence relationships and consider how they have been affected by those dynamics.
- Students demonstrate humility, integrity, and a sense of shared responsibility regarding social justice.
- Students examine the impact of their actions and promote equity, justice, sustainability, and peace.
- Students account for the impact they have on creating an environmentally sustainable future.
One of the most important aspects of the Community Engagement Program is that our students lead the way. To that end, Student Community Engagement Committees exist in each division, and are responsible for assisting with a wide range of community engagement opportunities that occur throughout the year. These efforts include planning and implementing projects that address local issues, supporting community-based organizations’ efforts to promote equity and sustainability, and promoting a sense of shared responsibility both within the Holton community and beyond.
In the Upper School student leadership opportunities also include elected grade-level representatives responsible for sharing information at class meetings, bringing awareness to important community needs, and leading grade-level projects and club participation.
Response to COVID-19
Now, more than ever, our communities need us! Amidst the pandemic, Holton has continued to work hard to help students develop a deeper understanding of local, national, and global issues and examine the impact of their actions. From table talks to community mapping to literacy projects to care packages, there are many opportunities that still await you!
Students, please visit the US Course Page for suggested organizations, screen-free projects, and frequently asked questions.