What is Service Learning?
Service learning is a teaching strategy that connects classroom curriculum with service projects and hours. Service learning engages students in activities that serve the community while building social, civic, and academic skills.
Service Learning is a way to:
- Learn effective problem solving, critical thinking and project management skills
- Strengthen your academic and social skills
- Learn about potential careers
- Meet amazing people that you wouldn't normally meet
- Gain a sense of accomplishment
- Do something good for your community and yourself
Students may not earn service-learning credit through the following:
- Work for a family member
- Work with for-profit businesses and corporations
- Work with religious organizations if the service involves promoting a particular faith
- Volunteer work where no academic objective is addressed
- Work that is financially reimbursed
Students may not earn hours for the following specific activities:
- Participation in a sports team or other extra-curricular activity unless that group designs an acceptable service-learning project
- Assisting a teacher (i.e. correcting papers, cleaning the classroom)
- Artistic performances unless students are involved in creating a project that includes a performance as an outcome of the project
- Attending a training or other educational event unless that training leads directly to a service project
Who can I go to with questions about Service Learning?
Your service learning coaches are Ms. Vafakos and Ms. Dollear. They are available to guide you through your service learning experience. Email them via the STAFF link at right with any questions or concerns.