Service-Learning October Digest

Fall is here and school is back in session. That means service-learning is off and running in classrooms and afterschool programs across the world. Check out some of the great happenings from the past month. Got a program you want to share? Send us an email at nylcweb@nylc.org!

Service Learning Day part of larger focus

On Sept. 18, Ellsworth High School had its annual “Day of Service” event in which students and staff are involved in various service learning activities around the community and in the middle school and elementary school classrooms. This has traditionally been a senior activity but was expanded to include all students this year.

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Sixth graders drop donation boxes around town

If you’ve been shopping in Big Sky this month, you may have noticed colorful donation receptacles popping up around town. If you haven’t, take a closer look—the donation containers were created by Ms. Kayte Cole’s sixth grade homeroom students as a way for them to learn about local nonprofits and the unique satisfaction that comes from giving back to the community.

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Teacher launches her ‘dream’ class where ninth grade students learn through service

This semester, the teacher behind the first service-learning, public high school class in North Carolina is launching a new course for ninth grade students.

Teaching lessons in the classroom and out in the broader world, service learning allows students to use academic knowledge and skills to fix a community problem.

“It’s been my dream to have this program for the last three years,” said Elizabeth Felts, the teacher and creator of the course at New Hanover High School in Wilmington. “To actually see our freshmen be so excited at 14, 15 years old about serving their community is pretty thrilling to me.”

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4-H Junior Homemakers kick off

The Bell County 4-H Junior Homemakers recently met to kick off the 2018-2019 club year. They enjoyed a painting lesson with FCS Agent Rebecca Miller and learned the 4-H Pledge and all about being a 4-H Club member with 4-H Agent Brandy Calvert. Guest Speaker John Day discussed service-learning opportunities with Community Care Outreach Ministries (CCOM). The 4-Hers plan to take his advice “if you see a need, fill a need.” They will complete two service projects this year.

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