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What is CAS?
CAS is about the education of the whole person, and, therefore, the three elements of Creativity, Action and Service are interwoven. Together, they enable a student to recognize that there are many opportunities in life, away from formal academic study, to grow in knowledge of life, self and others. Participation in the arts, sports and community service activities encourages young people to share their energies and special talents while developing an awareness of the world around them and an ability to work cooperatively with others to improve communities and the world.
Is anybody happier because you passed this way?
Does anyone remember that you spoke to him today?
The day is almost over, and its toiling time is through;
Is there anyone to utter now a kindly word to you?
Can you say tonight, in parting with the day that’s slipping fast,
That you helped a single person of the many that you passed?
Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said?
Does the person whose hopes were fading, now with courage look ahead?
Did you waste the day, or lose it? Was it well or sorely spent?
Did you leave a trail of kindness, or scar of discontent?
As you close your eyes in slumber, do you think someone will say,
“You have earned tomorrow by the work you did today?”
CREATIVITY is imagination. Creativity involves creating or making something. It is your own, not something someone else will do. If there is no imagination involved, it is probably not creative. Music is creative if you are involved in writing a composition or score and then have it performed publicly. If you are following someone else’s creations, then it is not creative; it’s learning a skill.
ACTION means to carry out or execute a plan of some sort. Action is not going to a club meeting and sitting in the corner watching the clock. Action implies movement. Participation beyond the discussion level. You DO something.
SERVICE means you met a need in the community at large, you helped someone. Think: charity, environment, help someone, going beyond the school.
Reflections are to record changes, successes and challenges during the program. These entries should prove quite helpful when the students compose their CAS essay at the end of their junior and senior years. It is NOT meant to be merely a record of time spend and/or activities undertaken.
1. What types of activities did you choose and why did you choose them?
2. What did you learn about the people with whom you worked?
3. How have your experiences broadened your understanding of other ethnic or cultural viewpoints? A culture may include institutions, clubs, communities, etc.
4. To what extent did contact with people having differing viewpoints and experiences broaden your own views?
5. What did you learn about yourself through your participation in CAS activities?