Students at Pacific Beach Middle School contributed more than 14,000 hours of community service during the 2011-12 school year.
Part of their education as an International Baccalaureate
Programme school, the students helped with programs such as the Coastal
Cleanup and White Sea Bass feeding for Coast Keepers, holding arts and
crafts classes at the local senior center and providing diapers to
"At Pacific Beach Middle students have been keeping records of
service for over four years now," said Jennifer Sims, the school's
Librarian and International Baccalaureate Programme coordinator.
"Service, or principled action as we call it, is just part of the
culture, part of who we are and what we do. This year, our students
participated in over 14,000 hours of service and that's only 665
Some students design their own service learning projects. Clubs
like Yearbook, Ecology Composters, Garden Club, and Video Club are
popular for student participation.
International Baccalaureate Programme philosophies are taught at
several San Diego Unified School District schools. In addition to
providing top academic achievement, the program includes a school-wide
effort at public service and cooperation. The goal is to show students
how the nations of the world can get along and thrive through peaceful
For more information, contact Sims at email@example.com.