Examples of Service Learning
Oral Histories of War
During their course, pupils learn about multiple-perspective
taking in the telling of history while studying units on war.
Throughout the term, pupils are paired with a veteran living in
the community from a local elderly home or organisation
supporting veterans who have recently returned from war.
During the semester they meet regularly with this person to
record their story and write an oral history of their experience.
These oral histories are submitted to the local library and
showcased to the community. Pupils reflect during their
experience on the process of writing historical narratives and
relate this to course content.
Writing for Social Action
Pupils study strategies for persuasive writing and when writing
has been used to move society forward in positive ways.
Pupils determine needs facing youth in society today by
partnering with the local Youth Council and write persuasive
essays to shed light on these issues culminating in a publication
shared with the school and local community. Partnerships can be
formed with other schools and community groups to contribute
to this publication.
Pupils partner with local officials to translate demographic
information about the community into trends that can inform
community needs (i.e. Environmental data, mental health trends,
socioeconomic trends). Reports are given to local officials to
bring awareness to local community needs.
Global Partnerships &
Language Learning - Languages
Pupils learn about cultures across regions and develop a
relationship with a school in an area that speaks the language they
are learning in class. Pupils forge a pen-pal relationship with
pupils in the partner school during the year and learn about their
culture and customs while practicing their language. Technology
is used to enhance interaction. Finally, select pupils take a trip to
visit the school and engage in a week of service with those they
have connected with.
Community Asset Mural
Pupils study the role of art in community building and social
movements while exploring different strategies of painting. Pupils
pair with a local after school program that serves underprivileged
youth. During the term, pupils work with the youth to plan and
implement a mural project that represents the community’s assets
and aspirations for growth. They then together paint this mural
in a community space.
Micro-Loans in International
Development - Economics
Pupils study development economics and explore case studies
from developing countries around the world. During a school
break, pupils travel to Central America for a week to work with
a community development organisation that runs a micro-loan
program to see first-hand the process community level economic
development initiatives whilst volunteering their time to the
promotion of the programme.
The Econonomics of Poverty
& Inequality - Economics
Pupils examine issues related to local and national poverty and
inequality as it relates to economic systems. Pupils volunteer at
the local food bank or soup kitchen where they learn about and
build relationships with individuals across socioeconomic
difference and have greater insight into economic inequality.
Local Water Quality
Pupils learn about the chemical impact of pollution on water and
the process of water testing. Pupils work with local officials to
identify streams and waste beds then go into the community to
test water, analyze their findings, and share the results with
community leaders and local policy makers. This is done each
year to show change over time.
Nutrition Education for Youth
- Physical Education
Pupils learn about nutrition and the role it can plan in one’s early
life during childhood. Groups of students develop learning
materials and recipe books to distribute at the local Food Bank
and go into schools to give talks about the importance of
Cross-Cultural Approaches to
Dance - Dance
Pupils learn about approaches to dance from different cultural
perspectives. Focusing on one culture in depth, students
participate in international trips to various destinations to work
with youth dance programmes and share knowledge and
techniques from their home culture.
The Geography of Food
Pupils spend the term learning about the geographic trends
related to the shipping, distribution, and growing of food. Pupils
visit local farms and devise an awareness campaign for the local
community about buying and eating locally sourced food and
petition their school to change purchasing habits.