Service Learning

What is service learning?

Service learning is an approach to teaching and learning in which students use academic knowledge and skills that are directly connected to their academic coursework to address genuine community needs.

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Service - Picking up trash on a riverbank

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Learning - Studying water samples

Service Learning - When science students collect and analyze water samples, document their results, and present findings to a local pollution control agency

What’s happening around the district?

Royal Heights Elementary: Although most Bright Futures councils are comprised of adults in business, faith-based, and human service communities along with school representatives, the Royal Heights council is testing out a new concept – students as leaders and decision makers! The service learning/Bright Futures council changed its structure the 2013/2014 school year beginning with a service project and has been going strong ever since. Over the summer they researched community organizations and needs that exist, volunteered at various locations, and even received a State Farm grant to help their cause of helping others.  This group also identified the need for curbside recycling in our community.  They researched the issue, marketed their ideas, and are now encouraging everyone to get registered, and then get out and vote on Proposition A at the April 8, 2014 election.  The Proposition missed passing by a small margin but we couldn’t be more proud of their efforts.  Way to go, kiddos!

Stapleton Elementary: Staff and leadership at Stapleton have embraced the concept of giving back are in the planning stages of multiple projects. First on their list this year is a project for an elementary school destroyed in a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. The S.O.A.R. team, who is made up of students in 5th grade, is taking the lead. They made marketing material, presented to their Bright Futures council members for assistance with planning and promotion, and have even researched and written a proposal for transportation that they presented to Dr. Huff! All year they’ve raised funds and collected books for the students in Moore, OK.  Their trip took place on Friday, April 4th, 2014.  Check out their website to learn more. Their story even reached the TODAY Show!  Click here to watch.

 

Franklin Technology Center: Franklin Tech students are continuously helping throughout the community by using their skills to meet the needs of the community. In March of 2013, for example, students helped install heating and air conditioning for the Watered Gardens expansion. Students assisted again with the addition in September 2013 by building and installing hand rails on the entrance of their new addition!  We are so proud of our FTC students for being a big part of community improvement!