Roots & Shoots
The club where community service branches out everywhere.
While taking action to affect change is a common theme throughout our campuses, nowhere is it more evident than in Jackson's affiliation with Jane Goodall's worldwide student program, Roots & Shoots. Each grade level offers its own club to help students develop their sense of citizenship and helping others in a variety of ways, with primary focuses on the environment, animals, and community. Actions range from after-school events, speakers and activities (both on- and off-site) to campus-wide initiatives that benefit local non-profits and other groups in need. While parent volunteers oversee all club activities, it's the students themselves who develop the ideas and project plans for age-appropriate ventures. The sky's the limit but there is one rule: no fundraising. Thus, Jackson students learn to create solutions based entirely on their actions, and see first-hand how involvement results in positive change - both in their community and in the world at large.
It would be one thing for us to boast on our many achievements through this remarkable program. But on February 19, 2010, Jackson had the profound privilege of having Dr. Jane Goodall herself visit the school to recognize our students and their countless philanthropic efforts over the years. A portrait photo of this historic afternoon now hangs in her honor within Jackson's Main Campus.
Our members touch many.
Jackson's events take place in neighborhood parks, animal shelters, senior citizens homes, homeless organizations, and as initiatives organized throughout our school. Some local organizations benefitting from our students' volunteerism and ingenuity include:
Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends | Atlanta Community Food Bank | Atlanta Fire and Rescue -- Station 27 | Atlanta Guide Dog Foundation | Atlanta Humane Society | Atlanta Preservation Center | Atlanta Women and Children's Center | Buckhead Christian Ministries | Chastain Park Conservancy | Chattahoochee Recreation Center | Fulton County Animal Shelter | Peachtree Pines Homeless Shelter | Ronald McDonald House | Scottish Rite Hospital and Joey's Toy Box | Shepard Spinal Center | Soldier's Angels | Sunrise Senior Living | The Galing Foundation | The Good Deed Box | Ties That Matter | And many more!