What is Service Learning?

Service-learning "uses real life for its textbooks and actual experiences for its tests."

Niquie Tackman, student

"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."

Corporation for National and Community Service

"Service Learning is the combination of community service and classroom instruction, with a focus on critical, reflective thinking as well as personal and civic responsibility."

American Association of Community Colleges

"Service learning is a powerful way to teach yough people and enhance the curriculum through community service. Service learning provides real-life connections for students of all ages and ability levels while meeting true community needs. Students are actively engaged in learning because it is interesting, meaningful, hands-on, and fun. Youth become educated, problem-solving, and caring members of society.

A Quick Guide to Service Learning for Elementary Schools (MPS)

  Youth Service in the School Organization

Co-Curricular Activities  Curricular Activities
 School-Wide Service Activities

Canned Food Drive

Campus Beautification

Blood Drive

Student Council Activities

Service Clubs:


Key Club/ Builders Club


Environment Club


 Extra Credit Offered for Service Related to Course

Service Within the School:

Peer Mediation

Peer Tutoring

Community Service Class

Team or School-Wide Service Theme:


The Elderly


Curriculum-Based Service

 Emphasis on the service action. Little or no student preparation or reflection on the service experience.  Includes preparation of the student, meaningful service, and structured reflection on the experience.