(This article was originally posted on March 13th, 2019 on nylc.org.)
What happens when service-learning is part of classroom instruction? Check out a few shining examples of excellence in this month’s digest.
UTD ADDS SERVICE LEARNING CLASSES
UTD is joining the nationally growing trend of service learning in the classroom. This semester, the university is offering 10 classes centered around service.
In 2017, UTD received $1 million through the University of Texas System to incorporate community engagement into the curriculum. Since then, the school has offered a variety of classes, from helping the homeless youth population to supporting students who identify as parents, to reach this goal.
SPHS Juniors Connect With Community For Service Learning Projects
Throughout February, the 400-person junior class at Severna Park High School traveled to three elementary schools to complete their service learning project.
The project was to connect with students at Park, Brooklyn Park and Hebron Harman elementary schools and write books for their buddies.
“It is probably one of the most meaningful things that I get to be part of at Severna Park,” said Valerie Earhart, an English teacher at SPHS.
Learn 2 Love group makes sandwiches for 363 Sandwich Project
The Somerset Elementary Learn 2 Love service learning group recently made 610 sandwiches for the 363 Sandwich Project.
Fort Service Learning Academy honors Columbus community members in celebration of Black History Month
On the last day of Black History Month, 10 community members were honored by Fort Service Learning Magnet Academy in Columbus.
News Leader 9 Barbara Gauthier was among the honorees.
“Everybody should be celebrated, not just this one month, but all months,” said Crystal Simonton, theater arts director. “Everybody should be celebrated in general.”
Service Learning earns state award
Only ten schools in state recognized for their service
Staying busy is nothing new for the dedicated Jefferson County High School Service Learning teacher Lani O’Connor, who matches the energy and passion of her students as they work together.
New Service Learning Classes Build Community Connections
In one of the newest University of Texas at Dallas classes, students are helping immigrant high schoolers with English. Another class is talking to fifth- and sixth-grade girls about social media and bullying. And still another is working with homeless teens in Dallas.
These classes are part of the University’s growing community-based service learning program, which gives students the opportunity to explore new topics while serving as teachers and mentors in the community.
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