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Service Learning – The Need to Give

November 24, 2011

A few days ago I had friends and colleagues to our home for a fall get-together, a little pre-Thanksgiving gathering. Everyone was coming after school/work, so I wanted it to be a relaxing and fun evening. I asked everyone to just come for a good time and to NOT bring food or hostess gifts. Instead, I requested they bring non-perishable food pantry items or a monetary donation for the local Feeding America organization.  The following Monday I dropped off the food and donations and was warmly welcomed. One of the managers even gave me a short tour of the facility. Just one small act of kindness by our small group would be making a difference for those less fortunate. The educator in me came out and I thought to myself, how easy this had been and what learning implications it had for the classroom.

I thought about our students and how much they learn and receive from being a part of service learning projects in our classroom. When we give our students opportunities to take action, we are providing authentic opportunities to be responsible and caring citizens.

Service-learning provides an authentic means for using social studies content and skills to investigate social, political, and economic issues and to take direct action in an effort to create a more just and equitable society.

A Position Statement of National Council for the Social Studies

Consider service learning projects for your classroom, no matter what the age group. Below are several resources with project ideas and lesson/unit plans. Give your students opportunities to serve others. Consider including your adult friends as well. What can you do to make a difference?

Have a peaceful Thanksgiving.

Linda

Resources for Service Learning

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 1, 2011 8:05 am

    Check out this blog for more resources and information on Service Learning.

    KIDS Consortium’s Blog
    http://blog.kidsconsortium.org/

    Linda

  2. Lisa permalink
    November 24, 2011 10:22 am

    Thanks for the thoughtful ideas. Happy Thanksgiving

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