Service-learning is a method of teaching, learning, and reflecting that combines academic classroom instruction with service in the community. Service-learning differs from standard volunteering because it incorporates what is learned in the classroom and applies it towards a greater cause. Examples include:

  • A 1st grade class collects canned food to donate to a local food pantry. The students would use a math lesson to chart and graph the various food items collected.
  • A 6th grade class completes a letter-writing campaign to local government leaders about issues that they are most passionate about. The students practice appropriate grammar and spelling to complete this project.
  • A high school science class collects water samples from a local lake to test levels of different substances within the water.

HandsOn Battle Creek can offers support and resources to local K-12 instructors to implement service-learning in the classroom.

Need a step by step guide to submitting a grant for project funding? Click here for How to Write a Grant 101

What might a service-learning project look like for your classroom? Click here for ideas from this year round, K-12 Moments of Service Calendar

Need to find a nonprofit community partner to work with on your project? Click here for Service Learning Community Resource Guide

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