The Randolph-Macon Academy Community Service Program is a one-hundred percent volunteer program, created and designed to reinforce our ideals of Character, Knowledge & Leadership. Unlike many high schools, we do not have a mandatory community service requirement for graduation because community service is a natural part of our boarding school culture. Together, our Middle School and Upper School students average 12,000 hours of community service each school year!
Community service fits into R-MA life naturally because the ideal supports and encourages the beliefs of both the United Methodist Church as well as the United States Air Force, two organizations with which R-MA is strongly affiliated. Our program is also sponsored by the Air Force Association Northern Shenandoah Valley Chapter 435, and as a military school, R-MA strongly believes in the Air Force core value of "Service before self."
In addition to the Community Service Program available to students during the intramural period each weekday, there is also a group called Cadets in Action (CIA) which focuses specifically on international community service. One of the service opportunities brought to campus through CIA is the "Stop Hunger Now" project, which aims at ending world hunger.
Although community service is not required for graduation, our students need documented community service hours for our on-campus honor societies as well as for their college applications and other off-campus affiliations. The Community Service Program helps them to fulfill these requirements as a part of our boarding school environment.
Our mission is to create an awareness of the needs of our local communities (including home and school) as well as the needs of our extended communities both in the United States and abroad as well as to encourage our students from both our Middle and Upper Schools to participate in volunteer activities. We hope that our students will develop an interest in some activities in which they will become lifelong participants.
The objective is to show our students, through volunteer participation, that Community Service is:
- Not only about making a monetary donation but also helping out with other resources, including time and talents;
- Interesting, fun and rewarding;
- An important part of practicing good citizenship and your faith or religion.
Community service is a year-round intramural activity; students may participate during sports time for one season or up to three seasons. There are also ample opportunities for community service on weekends, over breaks, and even during the evenings and our summer programs at R-MA.