Service Learning at GLO plays an important role in students’ after school learning. This is a unique opportunity where our teachers help students to recognize problems in their school and surrounding community. With service learning, we challenge our 4th and 5th grade classes to think deeply about issues affecting their communities, and to come up with inventive ways to make these problems better. We want our students to become strongly empathetic young adults, who seek to make their world better.
Service Learning is student led. Our classes brainstorm issues, think about solutions, and work with their instructors in fun projects to help their communities. Some past service learning projects include:
- Care packages for the homeless.
- Fund Raisers to support the ASPCA.
- Canned food drives.
- Anti-Bullying Presentations and PSAs.
- Beach clean-ups.
In addition students have previously partnered with local business and organizations like the SPCA and Habitat for Humanity.
Our GLO students work hard on these projects all Spring, and come together to celebrate their hard work at the GLO Youth Summit. The Youth Summit is a celebration of the work our students have done in their Service Learning projects. Students have the opportunity to showcase their accomplishments to their peers, family members, school faculty, GLO administration and staff through posters and video presentations.
Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. It is a very intentional kind of community service.