Sep 20, 2018
Want to teach students lessons about civic engagement that will last a lifetime? Service learning projects are one way to do it. Service learning is much more than holding a canned food drive or collecting coins for charity. Service learning projects allow students to become more engaged citizens by learning about service across different classes or disciplines. For instance, a recycling service learning project may incorporate elements of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) as students learn how pop tabs can be turned into new metal materials. They may also practice their writing skills by creating letters to ask for help for their community project.
Villa's fourth grade students chose to help the Rose Garden Home Mission. They researched needs at the mission and collaborated on a plan to collect donations. They also used their religion class time to reflect and pray for those families who use the mission's services.
The results of this service project included more than 100 boxes of diapers and wipes, baby clothes, bottles, pacifiers, and household items that will help families in need. Check out the video to see how hard these students worked and how happy they were to make a difference.
Each elementary grade works on a service learning project at Villa. The program has earned the elementary school recognition from Children, Inc. for eleven years in a row. To learn more about Villa's commitment to service, contact Admissions Director Janet Baugh at 859-331-6333 ext. 139.