At Orion International Academy we believe that rigorous academics are only one part of a well-rounded student’s education. As a function of the student learning outcome called “Positive Influencer” the school promotes citizenship and community service through a required course called Global and Community Action. Each teacher acts as an advisor for specific grade levels to guide students in creating a community service project with a local organization such as an animal shelter, children’s hospital, food bank, or tutoring service. In addition, the students work towards an annual international service trip to a foreign country. In 2015-2016 the students went to Guatemala to help build houses poverty stricken communities. In March 2017, the students will go to China to support offering books to schools with limited resources.
Education Beyond the Classroom 2016-17 – CHINA!!!
This upcoming spring, our Orion students will be traveling to China to learn about the Chinese culture and supply a needed library with over 4,000 books. We ask for your assistance with this meaningful endeavor by donating money to cover the travel expenses for our student body. Your donation is greatly appreciated!
Trip dates: March 24 – April 2, 2017
Amount needed per student: approximately $1000
Please help us spread the word for this great cause!
Education Beyond the Classroom 2015-16 – GUATEMALA
In the Fall of 2015, all Orion students went to Guatemala to build homes in a poverty stricken neighborhood in Guatemala City. The student worked hard during the fall semester to raise the money for their travel and to contribute to the construction costs. The trip taught the students the values of community service, leadership, and internationalism.
Education Beyond the Classroom 2013-15
We have partnered with three well-known organizations currently doing amazing work world-wide. Our students can decide on the cause they want to participate in and choose from the various capacities they can assist in.
Our three partner organizations are:
Habitat for Humanity – Habitat for Humanity has been devoted to building simple, decent, and affordable housing and has addressed the issues of poverty housing all over the world.
Dream Project – The Dream Project is a grade K-12 educational program that empowers students to make connections between local and global issues through the medium of local service projects and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization (IREO) – IREO was established to promote the urgent transition to sustainable development and renewable energy sources. In support of the United Nations, IREO is building long-term partnerships with key public and private stakeholders on projects that improve peoples’ lives, protect the environment, and preserve our planet’s resources for future generations.
Our students select one organization they would like to work with and the type of work/project they want to do. Below are some examples that students can choose from:
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Habitat for Humanity
• Design a Youth United Web page or newsletter.
• Register volunteers at the construction site information table.
• Paint doors and baseboards off site before they are installed in the house.
• Work with an audio-visual teacher or class to design and produce a Youth United video.
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• Organize an eco-friendly fashion show
• Collect canned food for the poor
• Write articles for the Dream Project website
• Do presentations on the UN MDGs for local community groups
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Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization
• Persuading local businesses to recycle
• Beach clean ups
• Organize a youth summit on sustainability
• Planting community gardens