After finding our feet during the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year, the Middle School is now taking on Service Learning projects for the second semester and we couldn’t be more excited!
What is Service Learning and why is it important?
Service learning is a way of teaching and learning that benefits not only the students but the surrounding community as well. Through different hands-on projects students skills such as goal setting, problem-solving, communication, civic engagement and organization, along with the other skills it takes to be a good leader both in their school and community. It is a powerful approach to teaching that provides students with authentic community-engaged learning experiences.
What are the learning goals and outcomes for Service Learning projects?
- Awareness of Community - Increase students' knowledge of community issues, needs, strengths, problems and resources
- Commitment to Service - Improve students' attitudes toward service & remove barriers to future service
- Self-Awareness - Improve students' awareness of individual strengths and improve self-esteem, sense of personal worth, competence and confidence in one's ability to make a difference
- Communication - Develop students' oral and/or written communication skills/learn to collaborate and negotiate to resolve conflict
- Critical Thinking - Improve students' ability to think, apply information to problem solving, and analyze information data and concepts
What Service Learning projects have we done so far?
To kick off the service learning projects this year, in January students were asked to create Valentine's Day cards for Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels is a program that delivers meals to individuals at home who are unable to purchase or prepare their own meals. Here in Alameda county, 2,400 Seniors receive meals. Students made close to 100 cards full of encouragement and creativity! Without a doubt, these cards will brighten up the days of our community members on Valentines Day!
For the month of February, students have been asked to create hand-made toys for local animal shelters.The city of Berkery has over 700 stray animals waiting to be adopted or fostered. By making toys, we hope to bring these furry little friends some joy as they wait to find their forever homes. Toys can be made from everyday household items such as t-shirts, cardboard boxes, and plastic containers. Students were given different tutorial videos and websites to help guide them through the process of making toys. All toys should be dropped off at the Middle School to Ms. Greer by Monday, March 1st. If students cannot make it to EB, they can contact Ms. Greer for pick-up.
Looking forward - what service projects do we hope to complete?
As the school year continues we hope to launch three more service learning projects in March, April, and May. Some ideas we are pondering include: blankets for local homeless shelters, a positivity campaign for health care workers, care packages for veterans, schools supplies drive for migrant children, and socially distanced beach cleanups. If you have any ideas or would like to help take part in our upcoming service learning projects please contact Ms. Greer!
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