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Service Learning

What is Service Learning?

Service-Learning is a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.

How Does Service Learning Differ from Community Service? 
Service learning differs from other forms of community service because it focuses on education. One example would be changing the traditional canned food drive to a service learning project in which the students would read books about hunger, learn about their community and its needs, and write and present persuasive material to motivate the other students in the school. 

Benefits of Service Learning 
Research has shown that students involved in Service-Learning on an ongoing basis: 

  • Develop problem-solving and leadership skills
  • Apply knowledge learned in the traditional classroom 
  • Are more engaged in learning
  • Develop civic responsibility, engagement and pride 
  • Gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their community and society 


Types of Service Learning

  • Direct service: Face to face with others (taking cards to nursing home or sharing what they've learned with senior citizens, peer tutoring, cleaning up area outside a campus or neighborhood)
  • Indirect service: Making something that will be delivered by someone else or meeting a need beyond the neighborhood (canned goods for food bank, funds/supplies/materials for hurricane or tsunami victims)
  • Advocacy: Advocating for the greater good (homeless, voting, civic engagement)


Service Learning at Zwink 
Since the beginning, Zwink Zebras have been dedicated to service to our school and our community. This year our theme “Zwink Elementary, Where Super Leaders Unite to Serve” reflects our commitment to developing leaders who serve our school and our community through service learning.

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