October 08, 2008

West Virginia Governor Recognizes the Learn & Serve Challenge

Challenge Newsline #5, October 8, 2008 – The West Virginia Board of Education on Monday kicked off the 2008 National Learn and Serve Challenge Week in schools and communities throughout West Virginia. Gov. Joe Manchin has proclaimed Oct. 6-12, 2008, as Learn and Serve Challenge Week.

This week has been designated nationally as a week to recognize and commend service-learning efforts throughout K-16 education. As part of the celebration, West Virginia’s teachers are being recognized for their exemplary accomplishments engaging their students in rigorous and relevant learning through service to their communities.

“The West Virginia Board of Education and the Department of Education strongly believe that service learning is a method of teaching and learning that combines academic work with service to the community,” said board President Delores Cook. “Students are able to make meaningful contributions to their communities while building their academic and civic skills.”

Service-learning is instrumental in enhancing the quality of life for thousands of West Virginia citizens and fosters civic engagement to bring people of all ages and diverse backgrounds together to meet common needs.

Board President Cook will read the Learn and Serve Challenge Week proclamation publically at 12:30 p.m., Oct. 8, 2008 during the monthly Board of Education meeting in Building 6 of the Capitol Complex. For more information contact the WVDE Communications Office at (304) 558-2699.

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