Service Learning at Community - Part 2
Community School is dedicated to helping students engage in service-learning experiences that are student-driven━making them meaningful to each participant and recipient.
Students from Nursery through Sixth Grade participate in a grade-specific project in our local area. While it can at times be challenging to find service experiences to fit different age groups, teachers have collaborated with a wide variety of local agencies to create appropriate experiences. A few examples are below:
Our very youngest students in Nursery collect newspapers and towels to line the animal cages at the Animal Protective Association. We also make seasonal scarves for the animals to wear and we learn about animal safety, how and when to approach a pet, and the safe way to pet them.
First Grade- Ronald McDonald House and Mercy Hospital NICU
An example of service in the early elementary years is first grade helping support The Ronald McDonald House by collecting tabs, donating new books for incoming families, and making blankets for the babies in the NICU at Mercy. First Graders use their skills of writing book reviews to write notes to go along with the books donated and their knowledge of measuring to cut and make miniature tie blankets.
Fifth Grade- Book Drive and Froebel Academy
Older students can do more complex projects. Fifth graders, for example, run an annual Community School Book Drive to collect gently used children’s books. The books are donated to Ready Readers, The Little Bit Foundation, and schools in the St.Louis Area. Later, the students rehearse short productions of folktales that are performed for the preschool, kindergarten and first-grade students at Froebel Academy. Community students then read to a Froebel student and give them a stuffed animal and two books. We also visit The Little Bit Foundation to learn about their role in improving literacy in SLPS and sort through boxes of donated items.
Want to learn more?
Here are some resources for further exploration of this important topic.
Also, check back for part 3 of this blog post to learn how students reflect their experiences!