When students take part in service learning, they move beyond the classroom and use their knowledge and skills to benefit their communities and beyond.
What is service learning and why does it matter? Service learning is grounded in experiential education - learning by doing. Projects can be developed and adapted for students in Preschool, Lower, Middle and Upper School. “When students take part in service learning, they move beyond the classroom and use their experiences, knowledge and skills to benefit others. Service learning allows students to absorb principles, concepts and skills they learn in class and apply them to projects that serve the needs of their community," explains Angela Woodson, Director of Service Learning and Community Service.
Through service learning, students work together with their teachers to develop community projects. Afterwards, they reflect on what happened during the experience and as a result of their participation. Their learning becomes meaningful and they see how and why their education is preparing them to become involved citizens. By serving their community, students are using critical thinking and problem-solving skills in new and challenging ways and ultimately changing their views of themselves and the world they live in. When students serve, they learn!