Happy New Year!
As students and teachers return from winter break, it's time to look back on the past few months in service-learning as we go forward into 2020. Let's look at a few examples of the incredible service-learning projects happening across the nation.
UMass Lowell physical therapy students learn by teaching
Through interactive games and instructional lessons, physical therapy students from the University of Massachusetts Lowell partnered with a local high school to teach students wellness strategies and important health information. The college students learned how to interest and empower the high school students they were educating, and built strong, productive partnerships between college and high school students.
Read more at UMass Lowell News
Tulane, Louisiana service learning class brings hands-on science to the visually impaired
Geologist Nicole Gasparini and her students shared their love of science with middle schoolers at Louisiana Lighthouse, a school for visually impaired students, through interactive exhibits designed to teach geological concepts through touch alone. By meeting students' individual needs and reaching out to partners within the community, Gasparini and her students learned about education as they taught about lava flow and earthquakes.
Read more at Tulane University News
Greenfield High School students participate in Community Service Learning Day
Service-learning is a process, but it begins with projects, however small. Over the winter, students at Greenfield High School in Greenfield, Mass. participated in their fourth annual Community Service Learning Day, knitting scarves for those in need and volunteering their time reading books at their local library. Students worked together to build their community and learn by giving back.
Read more at The Greenfield Recorder
High school class partners with Cazenovia College Inclusion program
Community partnerships are key to effective service-learning. By partnering with a local college's program for adults with developmental disabilities, students at Cazenovia High School built leadership skills and fostered positive relationships, providing adults with disabilities meaningful experiences and breaking down the social stigma surrounding disability.
Read more at Eagle News Online
Kids Who Code builds community partnerships and teaches coding
At the New Jersey Institute of Technology, commitment to service-learning is high. NJIT students partnered with local elementary and high schools to teach programming skills through meaningful one-on-one tutoring, and helped younger students prepare for a rapidly shifting economy while learning about something they enjoyed.
Read more at The Vector
University of Arkansas Nursing School Starts Intergenerational Service-Learning Experience
In order to ensure that her nursing students would be prepared to meet their community's needs, professor Lori Murray added a service-learning aspect to her class, pairing her students with older adult mentors in the community. Students bridged generational gaps and prepared themselves to listen to their patients' needs while learning to move past stereotypes of older adults.
Read more at University of Arkansas News
We hope you commit to bringing service-learning to your communities this year. May 2020 be a year of serving, learning, and changing the world!