Experiential Learning

Service Learning

Simply helping.

The people of Ransom Everglades are involved in a broad range of public service work in neighborhoods near campus and often far beyond.

Investment in these projects is part of the culture here.  It is not required; it is not philanthropy or “community engagement.” For participating students and faculty, this work is simply a way to help others.

Giving back has always been part of the school’s purpose, and students are usually the driving force. They see a need, devise a way to meet it, and get to work.

It’s just life at RE. More than 80 percent of our students volunteer.

For more information on public-service opportunities ongoing at Ransom Everglades, please contact Director of Communications Amy Shipley via email.

Service News

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  • Students say Happy Thanksgiving with food drives

    Ransom Everglades upper school students – and Head of School Penny Townsend – packed a delivery truck with 442 bags of groceries, 40 turkeys, six hams and more than $500 in donations for Miami Rescue Mission on November 18, a day after middle schoolers filled 42 bins (the traditional Thanksgiving baskets) with hundreds of groceries and some $1,800 in gift cards for families at the Frankie Shannon Rolle Center. The annual Thanksgiving food drives, the centerpieces of the school's celebration of the holiday, allow students to show their gratitude and share with their Miami neighbors.
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Annual Community Service Events

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  • Mar

    VSOxARC Carnival

    For nearly 20 years, the student run VSOxARC Carnival, a school-wide charity event, has benefitted The Arc of South Florida, a non-profit that serves over 60,000 citizens with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Miami-Dade County.

    VSOxARC Carnival began as a day for athletic competitions in swimming, basketball, and jogging under the name Swoop-A-Thon, and has grown since to include carnival-style activities that are hosted by Ransom Everglades clubs.
  • Nov


    This year, Ransom Everglades reimagined its traditional Thanksgiving food drives and the RE community responded with generous donations and active participation. The upper school community collected seven frozen turkeys, filled four bins with groceries and donated cash gifts of more than $500 for its annual Pack the Pantry food drive for Miami Rescue Mission. Middle schoolers donated some $5,000 in grocery gift cards for the Rolle Community Center. RE freshmen donated canned vegetables and paper goods; sophomores brought corn bread mix and cooking oil; juniors collected cranberry sauce and rice; and seniors provided instant potatoes and stuffing mix. Many contributed checks or gift cards and some donated frozen turkeys. Students loaded items directly on the Miami Rescue Mission truck on the morning of November 18.

    Middle school students brought in grocery gift cards through their advisories to support Coconut Grove families with ties to the Rolle Community Center.
  • Dec

    St. Alban’s Day

    St. Alban's Day has been a tradition at Ransom Everglades for over 31 years. On this day in December, students and faculty transform both the upper and middle school campuses into winter wonderlands in order to host children from St. Alban's Child Enrichment Center for a fun-filled day of holiday celebration.

    This year, RE adapted to keep the tradition alive. Ransom Everglades sophomores worked to ensure the continuation of the St. Alban's Day tradition, even if didn't look quite like the massive holiday carnival students and alumni have come to treasure. Each sophomore advisory adopted a class at St. Alban's Child Enrichment Center in Coconut Grove, developing two activities to be dropped off and executed by the teachers, and providing two books for story time. RE sophomores also assembled school backpacks with books, preschool supplies, hygienic items and a stuffed animal for each child. Student Government Association representatives helped by creating an interactive video for the young students. On December 3, a few RE students along with faculty member Jenny Gragg Carson '03 decorated St. Alban's classrooms after school. The St. Alban's Day activities took place the next day after a catered breakfast for the center's teachers, which the Class of 2023 provided. 
  • Dec


    Ransom Everglades students and several faculty members collect hundreds of pounds of trash during a couple of Saturday mangrove clean-ups. Organized by the school’s Environmental Sustainability Council, the afternoon events spruce up the mangroves lining Walker Field and the La Brisa property at the upper school.
  • Dec

    Middle School ANNUAL TOY DRIVE

    For the 28th year, members of the RE middle school community collect toys for children at several churches in Coconut Grove, filling huge gift bags with stuffed animals, dolls, books, sports equipment and requested items for particular children. Faculty and staff deliver the bags, bicycles and other large gifts to Christ Episcopal Church, which shares the items with Macedonia Baptist Church and others, bringing many surprises and smiles.

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Service Clubs in 2020-21

Lending to End All Poverty (LEAP)
Little Dresses for Africa
Rock 4 Relief
Volunteer Service Council

clubs that perform community service

Dance Team
French Club
Green Team
Jewish Students Association (JSA)  
Latin American Students Association (LASA)
Programming Team
Ransom Everglades Against Distracted Driving (READD)
Ransom Everglades Arts League (REAL)
RE Water Patrol with Miami Waterkeeper
Students Against Gun Violence (SAGV)  
Technical TheatRE
Women Empowered
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Middle School2045 South Bayshore DriveTel: 305-250-6850
Upper School3575 Main HighwayTel: 305-460-8800
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.