What is service learning & how is it different from community service?
Service learning is a way of learning content while also doing a project to solve a problem or help others. The teachers integrate their studies in a project to meet a need in society. This is different from community service in that learning and teaching out are part of the process. Community service is typically just a way of helping others (without the research and studying of a problem).
Service Learning projects that have taken place over the last several years are:
Water Study (1st grade) - learned about basic needs and how others struggle to obtain them - Helped raise money for Puerto Rico by learning about their culture, creating "replicas" of traditional artwork, games or toys and offering them to the community for a small donation. Students were stationed at the Goodie Shoppe, Tremont Library and Huffman's to talk and teach out to community members.
Empty Bowls (Whole school) - each grade level learned about nutrition and hunger and how there is a need in the community. Each grade level had a different role in helping with the project. All of these parts below helped add to the culminating event - a simple dinner of soup and bread, and converse about hunger needs in our community.
2-wrote letters to community members
3-found recipes and made soup
4-Fact Flowers for conversation during the meal
5-research and showed their info in graphs
Pam Bergen's first graders learned about Alzheimers and how to create an item to help a local Senior living facility. They read books, taught other classes about what they learned and even presented at a board of education meeting. This first grade class designed activity blankets and teamed up with the Life Skills classes at Jones and Hastings to help with sewing.