Columbia Independent School believes community service is a responsibility and a privilege, and that the giving of one’s talents and abilities is fundamental to a person’s intellectual and personal growth. The CIS commitment to community service is intended to lay the foundation for a lifetime of compassionate service.
Lower, middle, and upper school students serve their school and local community through their classes and Prides (advisory groups), as well as organizations such as Student Council, National Junior Honor Society and National Honor Society. Student-driven projects for junior kindergarten through 12th grade, include collecting food for the Central Missouri Food Bank, as well as volunteering time at the food bank. Pink Day is also celebrated in the fall to raise awareness and financially support the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
In the lower school, members of the student council have embraced the creation of a Kids Market. Students create handmade items to sell and the funds raised are donated to an organization voted upon by the student council members, such as Wounded Warriors and the Humane Society. Each year veterans are recognized and remembered as classroom teachers dedicate time near Valentine’s Day to have their students make cards for veterans, which are delivered to those staying at our local Veteran’s Hospital. The honor choir (4th-5th grades) reaches out to homes that care for senior citizens by visiting and singing songs.
On the CIS campus, lower and middle school artists created gardens near our back entrance that have a beautiful mural backdrop. Each lower school classroom gardens its own section throughout the school year, weeding and planting according to the season. Middle school Prides care for the butterfly garden at the cafeteria entrance and collect paper recycling once a week throughout the school. And all divisions take their turns with table washing in the cafeteria after lunch.