Service learning is defined as: "A form of experiential education where learning occurs through a cycle of action and reflection as students seek to achieve real objectives for the community and deeper understanding and skills for themselves."
WHAT DOES SERVICE LEARNING LOOK LIKE?
Community service has been a part of educational systems for years. But what takes service learning to the next level is that it combines serving the community with the rich academic frontloading, assessment, and reflection typically seen in project-based learning.
In a service-learning unit, goals are clearly defined, and there are many kinds of projects that classrooms can adopt. Students can be involved in direct issues that are more personal and face-to-face, like working with the homeless. Involvement can be indirect where the students are working on broader issues, perhaps an environmental problem that is local.
Through our Verita Foundation, we wish to give our students many opportunities to experience hands on service learning projects that while on one hand will have an impact in our community, they will also have a deep impact on our children’s minds and hearts as we research engage and then reflect upon the challenges other people and children face thus learning about empathy, compassion, gratitude and civic responsibility.SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT AT VERITA In the last semester of 2018, we had a long-run project with Year 4B and the children from the Street Shelter from sector 5.
At first we had 15 children coming to our school and our amazing children in Year 4 B served them lunch and then played in the park with them.
We were all impressed with how gentle and caring our children were with our guests and we already decided to go visit them at the shelter next time.
A second encounter took place at the Shelter. The Year 4B students spent an afternoon with their friends from the group home in sector 5. They donated essential supplies to the children and learned more about their friends' lives. All the children played together and everyone was sad to say goodbye. The children already have plans in the works to spend another day with their friends sometime in May!
And we did! Our students had a picnic with their friends from the Children Shelter.
The food was delicious and it was all prepared by our amazing mini chefs! They had salad, sandwiches, fruits and fresh made lemonade.
After serving the meal they all played together in the parc and made the bond between them grow even stronger.
The weather was perfect, the food delicious and the parc was full of children’s laughter and joy.