October 10, 2008

Idaho Governor and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Support the Learn & Serve Challenge

BOISE – Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter joined Idaho State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna and students from across Idaho to proclaim October 6-10 as Learn & Serve Week in Idaho.

Nearly 150 students from Treasure Valley and Magic Valley schools are in Boise this week to take part in a Learn and Serve Idaho Youth Leadership Workshop. Learn and Serve enables students to make meaningful contributions to their community while building their academic and civic skills.

Governor Otter, Superintendent Luna and these students met in the Hatch Ballroom of the Student Union Building at Boise State University on October 8 to sign the Idaho proclamation.

The proclamatioin marks the National Learn & Serve Challenge, a weeklong series of local, state and national events organized by the National Service-Learning Partnership to raise awareness and public support for service-learning.

The gathering is the first of three Service Learning Youth Leadership Workshops that the State Department of Education’s Learn & Serve Idaho program is hosting across the state. The Youth Leadership Teams at 14 schools that received Learn & Serve Grants will attend these workshops. Students from seven schools in the Treasure Valley and Magic Valley will attend this first workshop. These schools are ANSER Charter School, Highlands Elementary, Parma Learning Center, Parma Middle School, Idaho Arts Charter School, Middleton High School, and Wendell Middle School.

The workshops are designed to help motivate students and offer ideas on ways they can develop innovative Learn & Serve projects that are integrated with classroom learning in their schools.

Learn more about Learn & Serve Idaho.

Governor Otter and Superintendent Luna are joined by more than 14 other governors and state policy leaders who stepped forward to support service-learning as part of the 2008 National Learn and Serve Challenge.

Visit the website of the State Education Agency K-12 Service-Learning Network (SEANet) to view copies of the available proclamations and announcements.

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