Service learning is an incredibly important part of school because it teaches young people to recognize where they're needed and serve fearlessly.
Sharp Minds, Soft Hearts
What is service learning, and why does it matter? "In service learning, course material informs service and service informs academic dialogue and comprehension," explains Sally Rosenberg, Director of Service Learning & Community Service.
Students analyze essays written by Dallas' homeless population in one Upper School English class. History students support local political campaigns - canvassing neighborhoods while learning about voter registration and the process of fixing a pothole. Eighth graders team up with kindergarten buddies to service Meals on Wheels. They become competent mentors and valuable volunteers in the process.
Service learning is an incredibly important part of school because it teaches young people to recognize where they're needed and serve fearlessly with the knowledge that all people - even people in need - are just like you and me. Says Mrs. Rosenberg, "I watch our students, teachers and alumni put compassion into action all the time. Not for grades, not for extra credit, just because it makes a difference." That's powerful.
Prekindergarten: Pennies To Share to Show You Care The children host a special day during the year and sell their curriculum-related artwork and other projects for 100 pennies to parents, teachers and staff. The funds are used for counting and sorting and taken to the bank for a field trip to purchase designated items (stuffed animals, etc) for area agencies. Focus: Empathy, Sharing, Speaking Skills
Primer: Environmental Project – Trees Students collect maple and oak seeds in the fall from trees around our campus. The seeds are used throughout the school year for various projects. In the spring, the seeds are planted and cared for until they grow independently as seedlings. When seeds are able to survive, they are given to the City of Addison. Focus: Environment, Respect
5th Grade: Vogel Alcove Each advisory goes to this childcare center for the homeless to participate in a project. Drives are periodically associated with the trip. Following a brief tour, the agency decides on the project which is active and age appropriate. Focus: Homeless, Compassion, Empathy, Kindness, Respect, Teamwork
9th - 12th Grades: Graduation Requirement Various clubs sponsor special projects each month. There are all school drives, long-term projects and projects to specific needs of students planned throughout the year. All Upper School students are required to complete 48 hours of community service during their time at Greenhill.