In October 2011 students will participate in a Non Sibi Day – Costa Rica community service project in Monteverde. The project was initiated, developed and funded by Lauren Howard, a student at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA (USA). It is based on Non Sibi Day – Phillips Academy, a day long service opportunity for all 1100 students at the school. Lauren is using a $1200 grant provided to her by Phillips Academy to fund at least three years of Non Sibi Days at the Cloud Forest School. Lauren has volunteered at the CFS over the past two summers through the Renbrook School Summer Adventure group visit, and saw an opportunity to use the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. grant she received to begin a program which will enable young people to support their community.
Lauren worked with Laura, the Director of the CFS and a group of CFS high school student ambassadors to select a project. CFS students will be conducting a drive of non-perishable food and clothing for both children and adults. These items will be distributed to needy families in the Monteverde community. It is our hope that through participation in Non Sibi Day we will build on a tradition of giving through community service and establish a relationship between two great educational institutions — the CFS and Phillips Academy.