This is a wonderful post about a service-learning experience at an elementary school. I found it inspiring to read. For anyone on the fence about getting service-learning started at their school, read this.
Here is an excerpt:
"In lieu of a traditional day of classes, the entire sixth-grade spent the morning participating in sessions related to the service-learning activities they would be participating throughout the year. NYLC staff led several Service-Learning 101 sessions, where community problem-solving was addressed as a core concept of service-learning and students were divided into groups that dug deeper using four steps—Investigate, Plan, Take Action, and Evaluate.
When asked, some students talked about their experiences in their neighborhoods witnessing bullying or littering and how they took action, or didn’t. It was encouraging to see their faces light up in response to simply asking for their perspective and giving them a chance to express their youth voice. When we framed the idea of service-learning in this way, their small group discussions took on a life of their own."
Via Dara Goldberg, Allison Hylton