美国高中与中国高中其中一个主要的区别在于课外活动方面，为了锻炼学生形成强健的体质，同时提高他们在体育、文艺或者其他地方的爱好和专长，并且形成各种各样的优秀的社会能力以及高尚的道德素养，学校为学生通过各种形式提供丰富多样的课外活动，包括体育，文艺和美国的特色教育- 社区服务/志愿者活动。美国的志愿者活动发展至今已经融入在美国中学教育里，是高中毕业必要条件之一。志愿者（volunteer) 是指人们自愿贡献个人的时间及精力，在不为任何物质报酬的情况下，为改善社会服务，促进社会进步而提供的服务。美国教育非常着重和培养学生回馈社区的热情。一个学习好又懂得回馈社会德智体美劳兼优的学生才被认为是全面的优秀人才。
The volunteer event started around 1 pm on March, 14th, the students took the bus to the designated location, they were led by the local police for a tour. This volunteer event’s main task was to pick up trash and to scout for English mistakes on signs. The mistakes were photographed by phone, and students had to mark the location of the sign on the photograph for the police to evaluate. The students all wore red volunteering vets. Some students carried the volunteering flag, some were responsible for picking up trash and finding signs, some were even cleaning. Although everyone came from different places, they all had one goal ---- to make HangZhou City more beautiful.
Everyone was very enthusiastic throughout the event. They carefully examined the signs along the road. As time passed, they grew tired. After 40 minutes, the teacher-led everyone to the riverbank to rest. To live in a more comfortable environment, the students have encouraged each other to devote themselves to make the city beautiful.
“有志者事竟成—- if we want to do, we should be able to do! ”一位带队的志愿者鼓舞大家说到。这次同学们的志愿者工作虽然有一些琐碎，重复性也有点高，但大家不辞辛苦，不厌其烦的反复弯腰低头，毫无怨言的沿着各个街道寻找着错误的标语。当路人问同学们辛不辛苦，累不累时，同学们想都没想地回答道，“这是我们应该做的！”
The phrase: “If there is a will, there is a way”, was encouraged to be said, by a volunteer leader. The work was relentless and monotonous at times, however, everyone bent over and worked tirelessly to correct wrong signs regardless. When asked by a passerby if the work was hard, if they were tired, the volunteers responded: “This is the right thing to do.”
The volunteers made sure to clean up every nook and cranny.
The dedication of the students was evident in every nook and cranny. In this event, the students helped the police record a video, calling on everyone to work together to maintain the health of the city, which included advising others not to throw cigarette butts everywhere in order to ensure the cleanliness of the city. The teachers took a lot of photos to record this wonderful moment. These photos carry the earnest and firm eyes of the students during their hard work, the look of vigorous young people, and the full smiles at the end of the activity. Many students said that through this event, they have deepened their understanding of Lei Feng's spirit and understood the principle of "accumulating small well for great good, and goodwill be great", and said that in the future they will be more active in participating in the various volunteers of schools and non-school organizations.
This actively not only helped the students develop a sincere friendship but also allowed for the promotion and practice of the values of socialism and made tremendous progress to carry forward the obligations of a Chinese volunteer. Especially in today’s climate, volunteers are surely a welcome part of the local scenery; like sunshine, they part the dark clouds over people’s minds and warm their hearts. As the old saying goes, “We can do good everyday one-by-one and our merits are boundless. We can accumulate our virtues and our hearts will grow”. I hope that the number of meaningful activities will grow. When giving flowers to someone, the lingering smell stays in the air; everyone can contribute their efforts to help society, and in turn, will benefit themselves.
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在假期期间，为了充分利用时间提高效率，AHS为同学们提供了种类繁多丰富多彩的网课 来充实假期生活：如SAT基础课程，数学竞赛入门，ESOL，AP物理预备课程，化学荣誉等等。网课时长分为三周或六周，全部对本校生开放报名。如果同学们对某门网课感兴趣，需要提前和 顾问联系，确保在网课开始之前及时准备好报名网课需要的顾问推荐，以及根据假期上网课的情 况对秋季课程表适当进行调整。关于更多课程的具体内容请同学们在学校网站上查询相关信息。
We are very excited to introduce our expanded American Heritage School Summer Institute In-Person or Online. We are offering 3-week semester & 6-week full-year courses that span the curriculum. There are many course options to choose from for enrolled American Heritage Students. Please contact your Guidance Counselor/College Advisor prior to registering for classes for recommendations and to make any necessary adjustments to your schedule for the fall.