Happy end of summer, everyone!
As the new school year approaches, it’s time to start thinking about service-learning. Check out this month’s digest for great examples for your own classrooms and after school programs.
- In schools around the United States a teacher came from Ecuador to teach students about what he learned while in Ecuador. He started in education as a peace corps volunteer in southeastern Ecuador. Part of bringing what he learned to the United States, was making the learning relevant and purposeful. He goal was to make schools more about purpose than test scores and letter grades.
- Students and staff from Ngee Ann Polytechnic are raising funds for villagers hit by the recent series of earthquakes in Lombok, Indonesia. Almost $20,000 has been collected from campus donation drives which started 8/6/18. They plan to use the money to rebuild damaged infrastructure using quake resistant material, and to develop programs to help the affected communities. For NP students and staff, the cause is especially close to their hearts because some have been traveling regularly to villages in northern and eastern Lombok, to work with the local communities.
- This article is about a woman, Emily Fitzgerald who visits a school in Silver City. Year 9 MLC school students going to Brooklyn Hill stay in cabins, shop, cook, clean, and do everything themselves. It’s a very different kind of school environment and Emily Fitzgerald is there to experience life through a different lens. She spent two weeks at a school far away from a traditional school. Instead she was at a school with no bells, no assessments, and no homework.
- In Camden, a hot sauce is helping young urban entrepreneurs fight poverty. Last fall, a half dozen teenagers from southern New Jersey city of Camden brought hot peppers they that they had grown in an urban garden to a rental industrial kitchen. Putting on latex gloves, they deseeded and chopped the chilies before adding them to salt and vinegar. A Few days later they processed and bottled the product into their own brand of hot sauce. The group is part of a teen focused entrepreneurial program called eco interns, offered by the Camden-area center for environmental transformation (CFET).
- Waukegan High School adds service learning requirement for graduation. This year’s new freshman will be the first class to have to meet a new service learning requirement in order to graduate. Unlike most service learning requirements centered on a certain number of hours, Waukegan High School students will have to complete four projects over the course of their school years, said Waukegan co-principal Terry Ehiorobo. Terry Ehiorobo says that service learning is to be designed differently than community service. The students will be able to pretty much choose any service project that they want to do.