Community Outreach & Global Engagement
Care and compassion beyond campus
Lux et Veritas, or Light and Truth, is a guiding principle of WRA. For hundreds of years, the phrase has inspired Pioneers to live with courage and honesty because the words remind us there's a purpose bigger than ourselves.
In this spirit, Reserve's social mission comes to life. We serve communities, both neighboring and far, to better understand and know the world around us. And most significantly, we give our students the chance to steer this mission through our Service Leaders program, and we watch with pride and admiration as they take on the responsibility of planning, organizing and running a multitude of service projects.
By providing our students with every chance to lend a hand to others, we strengthen their resolve to make a difference.
This experience was memorable for me because not only did I help others but I had so much fun too! Seeing the smiling faces of the kids as they asked me what I did at the North Pole made my heart melt. I had a great experience and can't wait for my next service activity.
- Elba Heddesheimer ’23, Polar Express
Who are the WRA Service Leaders?
WRA's Service Leaders curate multiple opportunities for the WRA community to engage in service projects. With every fundraising event and service activity, you can expect the Service Leaders to educate their peers about this opportunity, explain what is needed and why it's so important to give back.
For these Service Leaders, volunteering is not just a pastime, it is an essential part of their lives. Their civic contributions often extend far beyond their Service Leader responsibilities and into personal pursuits, such as taking on the role of Red Cross Ambassador.
Each year, Service Leaders run several major school fundraisers, such as our fall Ghost Walk & Turkey Trot to benefit our Toys for Tots Drive, the Penny Wars for The Akron Canton Food Bank, World Book Day for The Cleveland Book Bank, and the annual May Color Run that benefits the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where select students travel for a service trip each summer.
They also make sure WRA's community service offerings are plentiful and robust, with opportunities sprinkled throughout the year. These can include special visits to Haven of Rest, ringing the kettle bell for the Salvation Army, and a festive trip to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad's Polar Express trip to the North Pole -- where students dress up as Christmas Elves and bring holiday cheer!
They also make up the Interact Club of Hudson, working alongside the Hudson Rotary Club on district-wide projects.
The Service Leaders are led by the Officers, and this year the Officers are David King, Delia Rabatin, Jimena Oliva and Kushi Chawda. This year, they've been given a special mission to create a long-term plan for the leadership group, establishing goals and committing to providing service to a designated group of recipients.
MEET WRA'S SERVICE LEADERS
Annie Nguyen ’23, Bingyi "Aaron" Chen ’23, Ela Mody ’23, Elba Heddesheimer ’23, Gabrielle Hrivnak ’23, Jeffrey Krapf ’23, Jenny Williams ’23, Landon Allis ’23, Lucy Li ’23, Maddie Aliff ’23, Maggie Baker ’23, Stella Lee ’23, Vivian Zhou ’23, Annie Cui ’22, Claire Lovas ’22, Daniel Li ’22, Danielle Liu ’22, David King ’22 (Co President), Ella Bump ’22, Emily Brackin ’22, Esme Cummins ’22, Ethan Audia ’22, Grace Jeon ’22, Hannah Ma ’22, Jakob Palfi ’22, Jimena Oliva ’22 (Treasurer), Jin Lee ’22, John Beskid ’22, Kennedy Schmid ’22, Laila Hensley-Edelman ’22, Lily Schultz ’22, Michelle O'Connor ’22, Natalie Ham ’22, Sehee Renee Oh ’22, Teliyah Davis ’22, Aja Topps-Harjo ‘21, Belle Cope ‘21, Bin He ‘21, Chelsea Dodson ‘21, Delia Rabatin ‘21 (Co-President), Elizabeth Krapf ‘21, Hunter Amos ‘21, Joy Tian ‘21, Khushi Chawda ‘21 (Secretary), Rain Jocas ‘21, Ronan Moriarty ‘21 and Yeji Kim ‘21.
Everywhere we go -- we do our best to take pictures so that we can always remember the amazing experience!
RECENT ACTS OF SERVICE
On Sunday, May 2, WRA held its annual Color Run, raising $1,100 for Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
This year, the school's efforts raised $2,150 from Crush-O-Gram sales, which will go to Cleveland Clinic's breast cancer vaccine which is being researched and developed in The Tuohy Lab. To date, more than $12,000 has been raised and donated through the sale of Crush-O-Grams.++
WRA's Service Leaders received a special thank you from Honduras for sending funds for hurricane relief. By donating $150 to the organization Operación ETA, WRA provided a month's supply of food for 20 families, all purchased from local farmers, shops and small businesses.
WRA SERVICE // BY THE NUMBERS
In the 2019-2020 school year, WRA's Community Outreach program raised $60,880 through fundraising and donations.
The WRA community participated in 2,465 hours of service.
WRA supported 17 organizations, including the Akron-Canton Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Haven of Rest, the Salvation Army and more.
Learn more about Community Outreach & Global Engagement
The Department of Community Outreach and Global Engagement advances the school's values of excellence, integrity and compassion by providing educational and civic engagement opportunities in both our local and global communities.
Our focus is on embedding the value of community outreach into student lifestyles. This means encouraging students to find opportunities to work with organizations that fit with their personal values to gain a better understanding of why we serve.
Who is the recipient of WRA's service?Students regularly volunteer for organizations such as:
- The Akron Canton Food Bank
- Haven Of Rest
- The Cuyahoga Valley National Park
- The Salvation Army
- Habitat for Humanity
- Case Barlow Farm Park
- Landing of Stow Assisted Living
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Cycles for Christ
- Creative Learning Center (Day Care Center)
I enjoyed my service experience. We prepared food for 500 people. It made me think how people in the dining hall work so hard to prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner for us every day.
- Renee Oh ’22, Food Bank
Service Travel Opportunities
Our outreach trips provide students with the opportunity to engage in meaningful service in the context of cultural immersion. Students gain a global perspective as they witness the challenges facing the communities they serve.
While encountering another culture, students grapple with global complexities and their local implications: economic realities, social inequality and far-reaching ecological consequences.
Our service travel opportunities include: