What is Service Learning?
Service learning is a method of teaching and learning that connects classroom lessons with meaningful service to the community.
Integrated into the academic curriculum, service learning helps students and schools meet academic goals. Service learning enables students to apply their knowledge in support of their neighbors and community as they gain knowledge and skills from meeting real community needs. Students build character and become active citizens as they work with others in their school or community to create service projects in areas like education, public safety, and the environment.
Service learning can be applied across all subjects and can involve a single student or group of students, a classroom, or an entire school. For example: one student may serve at a local food pantry while studying the roots of poverty; a science class may clean-up a local streambed while analyzing water samples; and an entire school may adopt a service learning curriculum focused on community health. Whatever the focus, service learning benefits the school, community, and the students.