Service Learning is a program whereby students use their newly acquired classroom academic skills to help solve a real-life problem or meet a need in the community. Through hands-on experiences, students apply what they learn in the classroom to the real world! Service Learning is more than community service! It is an opportunity for students to advance their skills and knowledge! Through Service Learning, the community becomes a classroom.
We believe Service Learning will expand and enrich each students experience not only as an Everett Middle/High School student, but also as an Everett area citizen. This program will help foster good community relations, giving our students an appreciation of the community in which they live. The essential elements of Service Learning are to:
- Strengthen the connection between Academic Learning and Community Service Provide opportunities for students to be challenged with learning new skills and critical thinking. Involves both preparation and reflection.
- Involves students in tasks that have clear goals, meet genuine community needs and have significant consequences for themselves and others.
- Promotes collaboration, communication and interaction with the community.
- Requires students to be prepared so that they understand their role, the skills and information required, safety precautions, and sensitivity to the people they will meet in the community.
- Encourages reflection throughout the project.
Each student MUST complete 30 hours Service Learning time as a requirement for graduation from Everett Area High School.
Students can put in these hours anytime during their Middle School and High School years, including summertime. They may serve on one project, or they may decide to work on several projects. Students will only be allowed to sign up for one project at a time. After completion of a project students will be required to submit a one-page summary of their experience. Format for this summary can be found on the Service Learning web site.