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Service Learning at Community

Thursday, November 29, 2018

People’s thoughts often turn to giving during the holiday season. At Community, we focus on this with students throughout the year through service learning.

What is service learning anyway?

At Community School, service learning is an opportunity for children of all ages to be a catalyst of change for the greater good.  Students are empowered and encouraged to investigate a need (locally, nationally, or globally), create a plan to meet that need, act on that plan, reflect on the project, and finally, discuss it with others.

How is service learning different than community service?

While both service learning and community service are valuable acts in our area, they are a bit different from each other. Service learning always has curricular connections, gives equal weight to both the action and the learning process, requires reflection, and is appropriate for school-age children. Community service is goal-oriented, not necessarily associated with the curriculum, and is sometimes appropriate for school-age children.

Why is service learning important?

  • It provides opportunities for social interaction by collaborating to solve problems.
  • It is mutually beneficial by providing both a sense of purpose and fulfillment for the student and vital services for the identified need.
  • It develops leadership skills that can be applied to real-life problems.

Want to learn more?

Here are some resources for further exploration of this important topic:

https://nylc.org/service-learning/
http://character.org/key-topics/service-learning/  
http://www.metrokids.com/MetroKids/Education/The-Benefits-of-Service-Learning/

Also, check back soon for part 2 of this blog post to learn how about how classes put service learning into action!