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Service Learning

What Is Service Learning?

Service Learning is a powerful instructional methodology that provides a deeper, more integrated learning experience.

It is a teaching and learning strategy, which incorporates meaningful service with our community partners, enhances the learning of course objectives, offers ongoing opportunities for reflection, and is reciprocal in nature.

The service in Service Learning directly relates to and enhances the learning of course objectives. According to the National Commission on Service Learning, service-learning is equally as valuable as community service (volunteering) but different in that service-learning is “a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.”

Best Practices in Service Learning

Benefits to Students:

  • Develop problem-solving, communication, and leadership skills
  • Learn more about real-world problems
  • Grow in self-confidence, maturity, and judgment
  • Enhance self-esteem and develop pride in their work
  • Enhance their resumes
  • Test out future career options
  • Network in their field and community
  • Make more informed career decisions
  • Receive academic credit
  • Give back to their community

In the spring there is a Peace Poetry contest that has many service learning opportunities.