The Partnership wishes everyone a safe holiday weekend. With Memorial Day weekend, many schools are ending their school year, as many others are in their final testing phases. Please remember that service-learning can and does happen over the summer months! This is a fantastic time to introduce service-learning, or to widen the breadth of your knowledge and experience. If your organization/group operates on the school year calendar, take the time to start planning for next year. Remember to document your stories and use several of the articles below as guidance for reporting your successes!
The Western Front, May 28, 2010 - Western Washington University is launching a program for incoming freshmen involving service-learning. Thinking back to my own freshmen orientation week, I would not only have benefited from a program like this one, but also jumped at the chance! What other schools out there are offering similar programs for their incoming freshmen?
Petaluma360.com, May 27, 2010 - A fantastic spotlight on a local (Petaluma, CA) teacher and service-learning coordinator. The article highlights Teri Scott's impact on her school and community. I hope more local newspapers highlight and recognize the hardworking teachers in their own communities!
The Washington Post, May 23, 2010 - Stonewall Middle School (Manassas, VA) students participated in the Of the Student, by the Student, for the Student program. These students will have the opportunity to explore the battles of Bull Run and write, create and edit videos to be shown at the battle field. I love that this program combines this history rich area with service-learning and technology - all things that are so very important!