Service Learning Projects

The last few years brought about several opportunities for the Ross Family to rally and provide support to our amazing community through some incredible service learning projects.  Those opportunities allowed our student body to see how wonderful it feels to provide and give to others out of the kindness of our hearts.  This year, our students will complete grade level service learning projects that not only impact our direct community, but strive to reach globally in the most positive of ways.



Ross demonstrates a caring community in many ways. Hurricane Harvey devastated our community dumping over 89,950 inches of rain in two days. More than half of the student population lost their homes and/or cars to flood waters. Our school community pulled together to support one another. School was cancelled for two weeks so families could begin the cleanup process. During this time, our teachers volunteered their time to open “Ross Day Care”. Parents dropped off their students at Ross while they pulled up carpet and knocked out sheet-rock. Ross teachers played games, created crafts, opened the computer lab, and organized games in the gym for the students to play while their parents cleaned. Providing a safe place for children to play was a huge relief to parents. One parent stated, "This was such a huge blessing!" PTA provided families with cleaning items, clothing, hygiene products and opened a “Ross Shop” for families to get free supplies located in the school cafeteria. School events were inspired including a Fall Family Fun Fest where students could trick or treat safely at school to avoid the debris and wreckage in the streets. A Christmas “Store” was established for families to purchase new presents for free. This was also a theme throughout the year, as service-learning projects (Christmas ornament drive, plants for families) were chosen to support this effort.



Additionally, Ross suffered the devastating loss of a student in April 2017. Kelsey was a 3rd grader at Ross and the daughter of our PE Coach. She passed away tragically in a car crash when hit by a drunk driver yards away from the school. Students and staff were deeply impacted. Once again, the community rallied. A memorial was created along the front fence of the school, a candlelight vigil was held, teachers from other schools volunteered to sub while our staff attended the funeral, a school assembly was held ending with a balloon release, a 5K in her honor was organized, meals were donated for the entire staff for a month, along with meals for the family. The following school year the support continued: Student Leadership planted a tree in her honor on the playground, a PTA scholarship was created in Kelsey’s honor, and a memorial quilt was donated by her grandma and hung in the school. The caring spirit is evident in our survey where 95% of students feel that their teachers truly care about them. When asked what is your favorite thing about Ross, one student replied, "My teachers!"