Stamford American believes that personal development is an important part of helping our students grow into responsible global citizens. All students at Stamford are exposed to community service activities at levels of involvement appropriate to their age. Our approach encourages students to get involved in volunteer work in and outside of Singapore by reflecting on those around them, then planning and driving meaningful initiatives to help those who are in need. In addition to cultivating empathy and awareness, our students learn to be effective leaders, thinkers and communicators.
The Stamford community in partnership with World Assistance for Cambodia built the Cambodia Hope School in the Boribo Province of Cambodia. The school was set up to give disadvantaged children in Kampong Chhnang a chance at education and a brighter future. In 2016, students and teachers from Stamford American visited the school armed with lesson plans and school supplies. Students at Hope School received stationery and sports equipment, while English as a Second Language (ESL) resources were distributed to local teachers to guide them in integrating English into lessons.
In 2017, together with the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Stamford students helped to make some dreams come true through the Christmas Giving Tree. They fulfilled the wishes of families and children from these charities: Singapore Cancer Society, SOSD, Make a Wish Foundation, Waterways, Willing Hearts, Ronald McDonald House and Autism Resource Center (ARC).
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations (UN) are a common area for discussion in the school curriculum. In 2018, students in Grade 6 to Grade 10 got even more deeply involved by initiating their own activities to further these goals.