The CAS Project, a required component for graduation in the IB Diploma Program, encourages students to be involved in Creative thinking, Action that contributes to a healthy lifestyle and Service that is a voluntary exchange with learning benefits for the student.  Students complete activities that allow their learning to extend beyond the classroom.  Many students fulfill their CAS requirements through service projects.   

Mrs. Torres recent shared these two stories of giving with the Advocate.

Gratitude Abounds Amongst IB Seniors 

Seniors in the IB Program at SPHS extended their sincere gratitude to teachers and administrators in appreciation for the hard work they do to ensure that students are successful in their academic pursuits. Mrs. Torres, coordinator of this CAS (Creativity, Action and Service) Activity, selected seniors to write personal thank-you notes to a teacher or administrator who had made an impact in their education.  The notes of appreciation, accompanied by a pair of fun socks, were presented to the teachers at Thanksgiving. 

Knots of Love 

St. Pete High students in 10th, 11th, and 12th  grades, from both the Traditional and the IB Programs, made 32 knot blankets to donate to the Wimauma Refugee Center. The project, initiated by Mrs. Torres as her own personal ‘CAS’ project, was designed in the spirit of motivating students to help their community.  The Rojans, Interact, and Key clubs also got involved, donating their time to make blankets and earning service hours for their members’ participation.

Blankets are handed out at the Wimauma Refugee Center. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Torres



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