Creating District-Wide Service Learning
Fox C-6's district-wide approach to service learning began with the superintendent deeming the 2009-2010 school year The Year of Service Learning. Each of the 18 schools chose one administrator and teacher to be trained by Missouri Learn and Serve, a department of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. They became the “trainers” and trained the entire faculty at their school on service learning. At the faculty training, each school chose a community agency they wanted to partner with for the school year. In October, a Student Summit was held which included one representative for every 100 students in the school, along with a representative for the community agency that was chosen by the school. The morning of the summit included training in service learning, and in the afternoon, the students and agency representative identified the needs of the agency, planned the project, curriculum activities for language arts, math, science and social studies, and reflection activities. Schools implemented their service learning projects throughout the year. In May, the summit reconvened for a celebration and shared of the impact the projects had on the schools and community. Reflection projects were displayed at a school board meeting.
Ms. Kristen Pelster
Principal/District CE Coordinator